Why an inspiring question every kid is asked made me uncomfortable

the inspiring question for every kid

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I distinctly recall an art project in elementary school that was phrased in the form of a question/ I think it was intended to be fun and inspiring question, but instead left me feeling keenly aware of my disability

I think it’s a question that every kid asks or has asked of them at some point. The question is: one day I want to be? I don’t remember my childhood answer to this question, but I promise you I didn’t answer that I wanted to be a blogger or YouTuber, even if the internet were in existence back then, which it wasn’t. The art project was to create a visual depiction of what we wanted to be when we grew up.

I know many kids who would answer with the typical: doctor, fireman, etc., but kids with disabilities are keenly aware of their limitations and I know that I struggled within myself to answer that question because obviously I couldn’t answer with the standard kid answers.

Although I understand that questions like what do you want to be when you grow up are intended to inspire and foster creativity in kids, but at least for me questions like these were actually something to make me uncomfortable.

Did questions like what do you want to be when you grow up make you uncomfortable because of your disability?

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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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One Response to Why an inspiring question every kid is asked made me uncomfortable

  1. Crip Video says:

    I knew what I wanted from an early age so I never had an issue with this question in relation to disability. It is sad that kids are expected to know what career they want at 5 or so.

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