Disabilities

Eight Things I Love About Having a Disability

Yes, you read that right. There are things I like about having a disability.

Too many times people only focus on the negatives about having a disability, whether it’s the person with the disability or the rest of society. Sometimes people say they feel bad for me (or they give me that look) or they say that they hope I can walk again some day. In my head, I’m just like, “why?” because truth be told, my disability doesn’t bother me. I live a pretty good life despite it.

This blog post was inspired by a YouTube video by Molly Burke called 10 Things I Love About Being Blind (watch it! But not until after you read this haha). I decided to do my own list to show people the positives of having a disability and why I wouldn’t change it if I could.

My wheelchair is super cool.

It goes fast, it goes up and down and it’s purple!

I get to sit all day.

I don’t have to waste energy on walking. This is especially nice when I would normally be walking for a long period of time.

I sometimes get free stuff.

This would happen more when I was younger, but still happens once in a while. Sometimes I don’t have to pay for bus fare, which is nice, because it would get to be a lot of money, considering how much I go out.

Less responsibilities.

I’m fortunate to be in a situation where I don’t have to work, because I am on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) and because I still live with my mom. However, this does not mean I lay around all day and be lazy. I use my time to help others, educate myself, and do things that I don’t get paid to do yet (like, write and make videos. I also just finished writing a book, and I don’t think I would’ve been able to if I had a paying job. I do have responsibilities, but they’re ones I created and enjoy.

I get to educate the world about something important.

Through my writing, my videos and just being me, I get to educate the world about disabilities because I have firsthand experiences.

Most of the time, I get pretty good seats at concerts.

There are accessible seats that I love; they’re high up but close to the front. It’s not front row but it’s an awesome view when I look down. Most of the time, I am able to score those. However, there are crappy accessible seats in the back; I got stuck with those a few times.

I get to pretend I don’t hear people.

This is kind of a joke, but I’ve done this before. I hate talking to strangers, but they talk to me all the time so sometimes if I haven’t looked them in the eye yet to indicate I heard, I just pretend I didn’t hear them or can’t talk. I don’t do this to be rude, but I don’t like talking to strangers, or sometimes not in the mood or in a rush. It’s not a total lie because I do have some hearing loss and can’t speak clearly. I should be able to use that to my advantage!

Last but definitely not least, my friends.

I’m not saying I’m friends with them because of my disability or because they feel bad for me (at least I hope not!). However, it is because of the situations my disability created in my life that I met them. It all links back to it. If I didn’t have my disability, most of the things that have happened in my life, wouldn’t have happened so I probably wouldn’t have met the amazing people in my life today. I love my friends and can’t imagine my life without them. Maybe I wouldn’t have been as lucky with a different set of friends.

What is something that you or others perceive as negative about you or your life? Try and look at it in a positive way. What are some positive things about that situation?

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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