Disability. In general, it’s not such a popular subject to talk about, is it? And that’s what makes the difficulties we experience tricky to tackle. Staying positive about what the future involves is difficult for many people who only wish to see better sights. Social issues occur for so many people each day, and they shouldn’t. Although I don’t experience them every day, I’ve read about them so often. I’ve experienced my own at certain times in my life as well.
These issues obviously cause stress. And what does stress often lead to? Depression. More serious sorts of depression are considered to be disabilities. They’re often brought on after experiencing other disabilities as well.
Back when I was 17 years old, moderate depression hit me quite quickly. I had to adjust to a life with epilepsy; I had changes to embrace in life. I knew not enough about my condition to begin with, and then differed between mild/moderate depression throughout early adulthood. It wasn’t until I turned 25 that I managed to pick myself up. But I did.
As people have different personalities, they deal with depression in different ways. Like myself, some people when frustrated have kept their problems quiet and remained antisocial. I’ve always been an independent person. Some people aren’t so much willing to be. They choose to speak out about our issues every day when frustrated on Twitter. This isn’t such a bad thing for others: it keeps people updated about our difficult situations in life. The one thing they make clear is that the situation we’re in really isn’t improving.
Right now, though, a lot of changes are happening around the world. Are we going to see a second wave of COVID-19 come and join us? My best guess is yes, we are. But that could well give us all more time to pick ourselves up. Do you want disabled people to fall down low and struggle to find their feet? I don’t, and doubt readers of this do as well. Taking a new approach in this difficult era for all disabled people only seems logical.
The social issues we experience are playing a more prominent role than ever. We can’t ignore that, or just weep in sorrow about it. Collaboration seems to be the best next step for us all to take. It’s time to fit ourselves with a much more positive frame of mind, and by forming and joining groups online we can make the movements we’re looking for.
Help build me and I can help build us
I’m not a very popular person on Twitter yet. However, building better lives for disabled people feels like the job I was born to do. As time continues, we’ll gain interest from more and more people. Do you think an online disabled people’s organisation with potentially millions of members highlighting political issues will be ignored by the media?
The more we work together, the better our work will be. Disabled people’s organisations are currently so underfunded and have not enough members. It’s time to change this. It’s time to stand up and shout as loud as we can.