What is normal? How can you look at someone and determine whether or not they are normal? Many people deal with underlying issues that can’t be seen by just looking at someone. There’s no such thing as normal.
– Sandra Scala
I can’t stress this more enough. During one of my talks, I stressed on “what is normal?”
Ha! Here is an example – just because I can’t see out of the corner of my eyes, doesn’t mean I “can’t see” or “don’t know”. It doesn’t mean that you should (or have the right to) take advantage of me OR my vision. Really, I should say, “I’m not stupid.”
Here is another example – the child with Asperger’s – a child who truly does understand how people think and react towards them because of their differences. Just because they may not be able to voice their feelings or be engaged in conversation the same as others, does not mean you should (or have the right to) take advantage of them. Really, they should say the same thing as well, “I’m not stupid.”
But here’s the thing – I don’t like the word “stupid”. I think it is mean, rude, disrespectful, and unkind. I simply don’t like the word “stupid”. I was always taught growing up not to say that word, and that is something I have carried on in my family, with my children.
That is one of the many things I am grateful for that my parents taught me.
And maybe this is why I spoke about “normality” – because I am passionate when it comes to people being taken advantage of, and I am passionate about children and adults who have “underlying issues that can’t be seen by just looking at someone”. Nobody should be looked upon or treated as “stupid”! No man, woman, child, youth, elderly – NOBODY!!
This post is inspired by my children, and also what I “see” in life. It’s as simple as this – don’t judge. Don’t take advantage of people and their “disabilities” or “conditions” or “situations”. Don’t take advantage of their “issues”.
You may have no idea what that person has been through. It’s not nice. And EVERYONE needs to hear this. We ALL have feelings. We ALL have emotions. You can’t just look at someone and judge – before you do, think about your words AND actions.
An amazing quote by Morgan Freeman:
Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.
Show kindness…give people a chance to be who they are, and try to understand before you judge – whether they are “normal” or not.
To all the people who are having a rough time – remember, you are special and no less than anyone else! Stick up for yourself, and your beliefs – you are worth it!!! ❤️🙏
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
– Maya Angelou
“Let’s untangle our mind, and set it free…”