I promise I'm not contagious....and neither are they.
So, I broke my eyebrow bone this weekend.
Face plant into the pavement.
How does this happen you ask? Where were my arms to break my fall?
Good questions. Still trying to figure those out myself.
Here are some pics for your entertainment (Hope you don't have a queasy stomach)
Yeah, my friends like to document this experience, it's casual. It went from a huge knot the first night, to black & blue and swollen the next morning. To a nice pretty wine color today.
Now to the real point of this post.
When I went out in public today, I got one of three reactions from people.
1. Some people stared, gave me funny looks, talked to their friends about my hideous face.
2. Others avoided me like the plague. No one wanted to sit by the girl with the black and blue, swollen shut eye.
3. And the last set of people played the pity card. Being overly nice, holding doors open more than usual.
By the end of the day I just wanted to cry.
No, not for me at all. I can deal with the stares for a few days, knowing this injury is temporary.
I wanted to cry for all those with disabilities that they have no choice but to live with for their entire lives.
The stares. The whispers. The avoidance.
People with disabilities don't want your pity.
They just want to be seen as normal.
To complicate matters more, this week is Career fair at my business school. I am going to be exposed to potential employers through on-campus interviews and other meet-n-greets.
Honestly, I'm scared to death of how they will perceive me. Will they make assumptions? This girl must have gotten in a bar fight. Will they pity me? Will they write me off at first glance based on my unprofessional appearance? There's no way she'll "fit in" at our company
These are things disabled people have to deal with each and every day of their lives. It breaks my heart. While I'll be all healed by the end of the week, they will not.
Bottom line: There is no place for prejudice and discrimination in our society no matter the circumstances. They aren't contagious. It is important to embrace these differences that make us all unique. How boring would it be if we were all exactly the same?