When self doubt comes knocking at disability’s door

self doubt

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“When you doubt yourself, think of all the others who believe in you” –Unknown self doubt is a problem for everyone regardless if they have a disability or not. We all have moments of self doubt how boring would life be if we didn’t have things in like self doubt to keep things interesting?

I think people with disabilities are amazing to not let self doubt stop them. Society has a bad habit of perpetuating the problem by being impressed by one’s ability to do the most mundane tasks of daily living. It baffles me why this is remotely impressive. I personally think people are overly impressed by this kind of thing and that to me suggests that they take the ability within themselves for granted.

I think people are overly impressed when they watch people with disabilities moved about their daily lives because they try to put themselves in our shoes, but then the fear of aging, illness and disability sets in and then they become as I said overly impressed that even if with the normal adaptations I’ve been doing all my life I am able to accomplish things on my own. In my opinion this exaggeration by society can be the root of self doubt setting in for people with disabilities.

I frankly wish I had some words of wisdom as I see it from both sides of the coin. But alas, I don’t. I tend to look who are impressed by my accomplishments in life and not by my abilities to problem solve activities of daily living.

Do you think society being overly impressed by mundane tasks prepetuates self doubt in people with disabilities?

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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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