Be Aware

I am not
“With” or “who has”
As if me and myself could be separated
I am not
“Afflicted with” or “suffering from”
As if me and myself are
Damsel and demon trapped together in the highest room of the tallest tower
Trying to get out
Trying
To get out
I am not
“In spite of” — “normal, except for” —
As if I could just change
Be better
Let you fix me.
I am not
“I’m sorry you” — “I can’t imagine” — “Were you born like that?”
As if I am defective, fragile, untouchable
I am not
Inspiring
Amazing
Special
Needs
Exceptional
Differently
Abled
I am not
Not
Not here to make you comfortable
Not here to make you feel better about yourself
Not here to juxtapose, conform, entertain, inspire.
I am
Disabled
Proud
Adaptable
Resilient
Deserving
More than
Creative
Hopeful
Empowered
I choose
To be.

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