My two immediate reactions were: parallels
- Woah, this guy is studying my life…
- I don’t get it, why would there be a similarity between the two…
The shared experience is particularly true for people with disabilities that are not immediately apparent. A couple weeks ago I read a blog post by Andrew about acknowledging Tourette’s Syndrome that left me speechless. As I read about his difficulty saying the words “I have Tourette’s Syndrome” I couldn’t help but flashback to my own long struggle to say the words “I am gay” out loud years ago, and I felt like I knew exactly what he was talking about. While the details were completely different, I felt like the experience was eerily similar.
While this is just one example there are plenty of others. I'll give one more, the awkwardness that often results when some well intentioned person begins uncomfortably asking about your disability ("so, uh… how much can you… uh… see?") is something that practically any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person can relate to ("so, uh… how did you… uh… know that you are gay?").
Anyways, I’m going to try to avoid the temptation to write a rambling essay, so I’ll leave it there, but hope everyone has a great week!