if i were able bodied

This post is inspired by Beyoncé’s song “if I were a boy”

I decided today that I would hypothetically of course examine what my life may be like if I were able bodied.  Most of the stuff I would want to do is an able-bodied person I can do as a differently abled one, of course, with planning.

I love to travel, yet the logistics nightmare of traveling with a disability feels insurmountable at this time and as a result I have not traveled much independently as an adult.  I was watching Little People Big World the other day, where the Twins were backpacking through Europe.  This is something I would like to do of course this is virtually impossible from a chair.

I am content living my life with a disability; it is the only thing I have ever known.  So, why would I want to do anything differently than I  currently do?  It would just make things like travel less cumbersome on the mountain to climb figuratively speaking.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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3 Responses to if i were able bodied

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    If I were a boy gave me pause to reflect when I first heard it on the radio.

    Beyonce’s narrator said a lot about how she would be treated if she were a boy.

    If you were able-bodied other things would be harder.

    People can and have done it (backpacked through Europe) and not only to Lourdes, the place of miracles.

  2. Wonderful post, as always! =) In my humble opinion, it seems like you have a very special wisdom that you have gained by having a different perspective on certain things since you have different abilities. It’s something that I’ve noticed at times in Monkey Boy, too. For example, he has really good problem solving skills because he had to figure out as a toddler how to do certain things (such as get into forbidden candies!) with limited use of one hand. I’m not saying you shouldn’t wonder what it would be like to be AB; nobody has the right to tell you how to feel. I just think that by gaining one thing, you might lose another.
    Don’t give up on the dream of backpacking through Europe. As Adelaide said, there have been others who have done it. If they can do it, so can you!
    By the way, Monkey and I are planning to go on safari in the future. Perhaps we’ll see you in Tanzania. =)

    • Adelaide Dupont says:

      The Tanzania one is a wonderful idea.

      Especially with the whole Alexander McCall Smith feeling.

      (His place is Botswana. And then there’s Kenya. People: Africa is a continent, not a country).

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