I was asked to write an article and I looked for inspiration. I looked around the room and it was plates, cups, fans and spoons that came into my line of vision; of what help could it be to me?, I wondered. I simply did not know what to write about- I was blank. When I saw myself scribbling something about fan blades, I knew it was becoming critical. So, I took a walk praying that something would click.
Did I find what I was searching for? Not immediately, but I did after a while. It was found it in a way that I never thought was possible. There was a blind man who was doing his Masters Programe in the same University I was doing mine and I was opportune to meet with him. The 30-seconds greeting planned with him extended to two hours. He probably does not know till date that it was in him I found my inspiration! He was editing his assignment and I observed him. He types with the speed of light. And no, I do not mean the braillewriter. He was using a laptop-the exact same one you and I use.
In my head, I thought, “Chai! With my two perfectly-working big eyes, if I could type as fast as he did with minimal errors, I will seriously hammer!” It was phenomenal. I think I was more captivated with the happiness I felt within. If one was to be crowned the king of laughter, he would win it hands down, no competition!
We talked and I could see he had no regrets. He could decide to sit morosely and weep about how life was not fair to him and did not afford him the opportunity of seeing it’s beauty. He made a conscious effort to work hard, notwithstanding the challenges faced. From him, I learnt that your disability does not affect your ability unless you give it permission to. I actually almost forgot he was blind when he taught me a few computer commands I had never known in all my years as a computer literate.
I started thinking about my own life. He is not the first blind person to type fast nor will he be the last. There are a lot of disabled people in our society doing exploits in different regards, breaking grounds no one thought was possible. They are the real “MVPs” who deserve respect.
You can either decide to let your disability hinder you from achieving your dreams or you can take away the “dis” and increase the ability. You can choose to rise above it and not let it deter you.
Remember, your disability does not affect your ability unless you give it permission to!
You have complete limbs and sense organs. You do not have any disabilities. What then are you doing to achieve your goals? If you do have a disability, will you let it limit your potentials?