I Can Do The Same Things You Can Do, Even If I Do Have A Disability

I Can Do The Same Things You Can Do, Even If I Do Have A Disability

I'll never stop writing about disabilities. Even if it makes you uncomfortable.


It's quite common to be told, "it's probably best if you didn't do this or that when you have a disability." I'm sick of it. I'm sick of people telling me I should "stay back" or to not "overwork myself." You wouldn't tell the "average" person that stuff. You say it to me, though. Maybe it's because you care, but maybe it is also because you don't want to have the trouble of me on your hands.

I simply want to inform you of a few things. First, just because I have a disability does not mean I can't travel. I am capable of riding in a car for hours on end. I am capable of sitting on a plane for hours on end. And I am capable of taking my medicine when I need to. Thank you, though, for checking in and making sure I am alright.

Second, I can exercise. I can still go for a run. I can still play sports. I can still go on bike rides. Crazy, right? Actually, it's not. I remember back in the days of physical education when we had to do the pacer. I had people ask me if I was going to be okay. Yes, I was. And if I wasn't I knew what I had to do. I am quite similar to you, and I can do the same things.

My next reason to make you uncomfortable is simply talking to people. My disability did not change my personality from before. I have always loved people. I have loved learning people's stories. I can communicate with people just like you do! Another crazy realization!

Moving on, my disability has affected my education, but I have never let that stop me. I have never let my disability decide my success. Sure, there have been many times when I wanted to throw it all away, but my disability wasn't going to get the last say. My disability does affect my education, but it does not hold me back with what I want to do in life.

Furthermore, I have been told that people weren't sure I was going to "make it this far." What a joke. People have thought I wouldn't make it to where I am today because of my disability. They put me under this category of disability = failure. I am here to say that is false. A disability, no matter what it is, does not claim you as incapable. I have seen it again and again in my life that people with disabilities have the power to succeed.

I ask you to stop saying "Oh, you probably can't [or shouldn't] do this because of, well, you know why..." It is terrible to hear that.

All we, people, want to hear is that you believe in us.

That's it.

We don't deserve to be told we are incapable.

We are just like you.

Treat us like we are.

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Emily Henrichs

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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