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Thursday, April 19, 2007

TRANSFORMATIONS

I’ve made a lot of transitions in my life that are too personal to blog about. Right now, life has been occupied by my studies and work of course which means I find that I’ve got a little time for myself. However, I know that there are things that are part of my life that I sometimes wished were not part of it. And I’m speaking of my impairment if you haven’t got that by now.

I often wondered what my life would be like if things were not like they are now. Would I have had less tough experiences? Would people have liked me more? Would people like me more if I were not disabled? Would I have my own TV show and fan club?

Perhaps not the last one but I cannot deny that people might be reluctant to approach a wheelchair user without having thought about it twice or three times. And this is not just about me, it’s about them really. If I were to put it bluntly, do they think I am going to bite them? Or that I am harboring a contagious virus? Or even that by relating to me they risk of becoming like me?

I have gone a long way since I started out this blog. I underwent a series of transformations even before that. The greatest one, however, is one, which hasn’t happened before. This transformation does not involve changing myself or making myself more attractive to others. It will take a shift of culture and of society, which will not deny me the status I have as a human being.

And believe me, this is not simply about rights to employment or education. Not just those at least. It means being outside with people doing what other people do, expressing what I want like other people do and being free to do whatever other people are allowed to do without the risk of being patted on the head or talked down to.

That is my dear blog followers, the ultimate transformation. Then, perhaps, I would be saved a lot of embarrassment to waiters when they discover I can speak my mind.

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