My Problem With the Word 'Inspiration' as a Person With a Disability

To the people who use the word “inspiration” to describe people with disabilities, “Larissa, you’re such an inspiration.” I have heard this for as long as I can remember from friends, teachers, etc. 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 the time. Why me? Just because I am disabled, or because of my outlook on life and whatnot? 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? To me, being called an inspiration is like putting expectations on someone to be a

This is a new piece I wrote just a few days ago hope it helps anybody out there suffering from depre

To the people that have to deal with depression everyday- I am so sorry that you have to go through that struggle, day after day, month after month, year after year. I can't imagine what that feels like for you. I want you all to know however bad it may get, however bad about yourself you may feel or want to give up... you're here, you made it through another day! To make your mark on this world; big or small -no matter what it was- you did that! In spite of your depression; so be proud of that! I know I am and the fact that you didn’t give up! Remember you matter and you're worth it; no matter what you tell yourself or what others may say about you. We all matter, don't ever forget that and

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