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One of the privileged ones

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We take a lot of things for granted. I’m privileged to have access to things like:

  • My eyesight
  • My hearing
  • My arms and legs
  • My body
  • My ability to read and understand what I read
  • My ability to find and read any book
  • My ability to talk to my loved ones whenever I feel like it
  • Their ability to answer and understand me
  • Reasonably good healthcare
  • Ambulances that show up at my door step if I need them to
  • A nice office with a good computer for work
  • A TV that I can watch movies and play games on
  • Clean water that comes out of the tap
  • A car and other means of transportation when I need to use them
  • A reasonably speedy internet connection
  • Access to whatever else I may need when I need it

I'm not even one of the few people worldwide that has similar access to these resources, among others. The large majority can claim the above to a certain extent.

But I'm not getting younger. Very soon, I'll join the group of people that:

  • Have diminishing or no eye sight
  • Are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Can't move their legs or their arms
  • Have slow reflexes or can't control their body and how it reacts to the outside world
  • Can't read and understand much
  • Can't talk to their loved ones when they feel like it
  • Or their loved ones can't talk to them

And we won't be a small group either. About 15% of everyone at last count - and probably growing.

So the next time you think I'm not disabled, think...I'm not disabled yet.

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