I know, I haven't been writing as much as I thought I would. But today, as I was seeing what's going on with my facebook friends, I noticed my one friend posted a video informing all of facebook that today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, and in turn, inspiring me to write this blog.
I'm not going to repost the video, because it highlights all of the struggles people with cerebral palsy face, such as the ridiculous costs of wheelchairs and the endless amounts of therapy. Instead, I want to focus on what people don't normally realize at first.
People with cerebral palsy have feelings. We want to be accepted. We want to be respected. We are people who might care who wins American Idol. We are people who might not be able to stand the Twilight books. We are people who might want to walk down the aisle one day with someone they are madly in love with.
A lot of people tell me that I'm "amazing" or that I'm "inspirational" without even knowing my last name. Now, I completely understand that if you think somebody is inspirational, you think somebody is inspirational. There is nothing you can do about how you feel. However, we really don't want to be amazing. We really don't want to be your inspiration. We want to be your friends. We want to be your students. We want to be your boyfriends. We want to be your girlfriends. We want to be your peers.
I hope I gave you some unique awareness about people with cerebral palsy.
Happy Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day!