💞🌴Have you ever heard the phrase, you throw like a girl? Or fight like a girl? As women, people often decide the things they believe we are capable of, simply by that fact that we are women.
When i was little, people would make comments with pity filled eyes like, “What’s wrong with you?” After i explained why i was sitting pretty in my chair, that question was often followed by, “Awe that’s too bad, I’m so sorry”
It was a response that always confused me because, my life might have looked different from theirs, but i think they confused different with sad. I think when people see a visible disability they place limits on what you are capable of and they see those limits before they see you. I never saw myself as limited. I knew what i was capable of and didn’t waste my time expecting my body to do things it never could, it’s all I’ve ever known. I knew you didn’t need to be able to walk to be a writer or a model or anything i wanted to be. Yes things are harder at times but anything worth doing is going to be difficult at times.
Women are strong and resilient beings. There’s a saying that says what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but i say, what doesn’t kill me better run like hell, because i have an army of strong empowering women who would go to the ends of the earth for me to make sure that i am no more limited than they are. My favorite part of womanhood is being empowered and empowering others. There’s this saying that says we rise by lifting others, and although for some the lifting is more literal than others, that’s exactly what being a woman is about. We are a team, fighting the same stigmas and should strive to eliminate barriers for each other because when one of us succeeds we all succeed.
Yes i do fight like hell to do everything i do, but i call it fighting like a girl! It’s not sad, it’s living. It’s existing in the world as a woman with a disability.
So keep staring if you must. Now that I’ve got your attention watch what i can do.
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