I have a disability, and I’m supernormal…

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It’s not easy living with a disability. Especially when all you see are either abled people, or disabled people who are a big inspiration. My problem is, I’m disabled and supernormal!

On this blog I’m trying to show you all the possibilities there still are even when you have a disability. I wrote about disabled people being into sports, or opera, and there are still a lot more stories coming! But that might give you the impression that you NEED to do something extraordinary as a disabled person just to matter. And that’s why I’m writing this post for you. Because you really don’t.

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If you’re not into sports, then just don’t be into it! And if you’ve never dreamed of modeling or having a big musical career, that’s fine too! It’s ok to be disabled and normal. You know why? Because it’s also ok for people without a disability to be normal. To want a normal job, a husband or wife, kids and a beautiful home. And that counts for you as well.

Then why am I writing about disabled people with big dreams and aspirations? Because we need them too! For a disability to become normal and mainstream, we need extraordinary disabled people too. We need them in the media, we need singers with one arm, actors in wheelchairs and athletes who can’t walk. We need society to accept us as a normal part of life, and that also means that we need to be accepted in the extraordinary parts of life.

We need extraordinary disabled people…

And as long as that’s not happening, I’m not feeling normal enough. Even with my husband, an my little house, and my ordinary job… I don’t feel normal enough. People still stare, and they still ask weird questions… So until the day that I can really be disabled and normal, I will fight for extraordinary disabled people to get their rightful place in the spotlight. Will you join the fight?

Photo: Unsplash/ Eli Defaria

Marit

Marit is the person who started Pretty Different. She was born with only one hand and has struggled with the crazy ideal of perfection. Since accepting that she's different, she started seeing the beauty in 'imperfection'.

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