It is a radical thing to love yourself unapologetically. Sometimes my inner critic is way too harsh on my disabled body. Society is constantly throwing unrealistic expectations at us — it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you aren’t enough. My journey to self-love is definitely still a process, but here are five specific steps I took in my life to silence my inner critic and overcome my inner Ableist.*
Treating people unfairly because they have a disability (= an illness, injury or condition that makes it difficult for them to do things that most other people can do).
“I am enough.”
“My disabled body deserves to be celebrated.”
“My differences are NOT a bad thing.”
“Find your community.”
Disability is an identity and a diverse community of races, nationalities, genders, sexualities, and abilities. My community has history and a culture that deserves to be celebrated. People with disabilities, including myself, should feel proud in our identity and differences. Despite the misconceptions society throws at us, disability will never be a bad thing. Growing up, I wish I knew how amazing being a disabled person is and that pride came from finding my community and challenging the misconceptions. I no longer feel shame around that part of my life and instead can celebrate my disabled body as it is. Even though my journey to self-love has been a long and ongoing process, I can finally say that I love my disability and myself unapologetically.