We All Have the Need to Belong


Have you ever felt the need to belong? A few days ago, I posted an article to my twitter and Facebook accounts it was written by the Huffington Post. The article, spoke of 10 things that people with disabilities should be regularly told. I was pleasantly surprised by what I read, and this is why I am inspired to write this post. As much as the top 10 list was focused on persons with disabilities, I feel that the core message was truly something that everybody needs to hear regularly, regardless of whether they have a disability or not.

I Think It Is Safe to Say, That We As Humans Have the Need to Belong.

I think as human beings, we have an intrinsic need to belong. And often we struggle when things appear different than what we are used to. I don’t think that there should have been a need to write the type of post that the Huffington Post wrote because it shouldn’t matter whether you have a disability or not, the things written in that post are what we all need to hear regularly. But I think, that they were right, people with disabilities in our society today sadly do need to hear those things, and perhaps more often than the norm. I know from my own life experience that having a physical disability has sometimes left me feeling socially invisible.

I applaud the Huffington Post, for this gentle reminder. It is something we all needed to hear because we all need to feel like we belong!

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

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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