At the end of January a couple of bloggers, Lizzi and Yvonne were inspired to start 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion following conversations about local and international affairs they had heard about. The campaign? To see if they could get 1000 fellow bloggers to post about compassion on the same day. It didn’t take long for a trickle of people to sign up and for that trickle to turn into a flood as people showed their compassion for the project. They wanted to help. To spread the word. To put their voice to a group and try to make it heard. And that day. That day is today.
I didn’t know what I was going to write about and this post is going up at the last-minute, to be honest. Pretty much as I do everything! But it came to me yesterday when I read another blog post, which I shall put a link to shortly. The post as I read it actually made me cry. Maybe it was partly because I’m feeling a little fragile because of my own disabilities at the minute and how much they are taking away from me but mostly because of the ignorance of the people this blogger was talking about. Her disability is completely disabling but invisible when she’s clothed.
What she talked about was the way in which she was treated by people who didn’t know she was disabled and how badly disabled, but, to be honest, how badly shouldn’t even come into it. Why are we, as humans, so goddamn judgemental? She rushes into a disabled toilet, I wait for a lift (elevator), and we are both given the rolling eye treatment. She was then also treated even more disgustingly and in front of her child.
I want to ask you, next time you see someone waiting for a lift, going into a disabled toilet, parking in a disabled space, to hold your tongue, your eye movements and just think for a minute. You don’t know this person, their life, their problems. You can’t help them, but you can show them some compassion by just letting them get on with their life the best way they can without feeling guilty about doing so. Disability isn’t always visible, but it doesn’t make it any less real.
Click the link below to see the post.