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My Issue With The Word Inspratiom

this piece is about my take on the word inspiration as a disabled person

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think and stop about the word inspiration before describing a person who is disabled

To the people that use the word "inspiration" to describe people with disabilities- I have heard it for as long as I can remember from friends, teachers, etc. "Larissa you're such an inspiration." As much as I appreciate being called an inspiration by people who know me, it also bothers me a great deal when strangers or sometimes people I know say it all of the time. Why me? Just because I am disabled or is because my outlook on life and what not? Here's my problem with the word inspiration. People use it far too often to describe people with disabilities. I don't know why; is it to make yourselves feel better or what? Being called an inspiration is like putting expectations on someone to be this person all the time they can't be that all the time because we are human. We are not built that way so instead of using the word inspiration to describe people with disabilities right off the bat , get to know the person- the good, the bad and everything in between before you call a disabled person an inspiration. Because we are a lot more than just an inspiration. Sincerely, Larissa AKA not your inspiration

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