I dont like the term disabled/disability but i am yet to think of another, better, term....ideas...?
But in the meantime, i think we need to change the word "normal" to "common"....im sure "normal" people wouldn't appreciate being called "common" he he
But also, i think we need to teach kids to use the word common in the hope that the "normal" kids will stop singling out kids that are different in whatever way that may be...people need to understand and appreciate uniqueness!! We are all unique after all :)
What IS normal anyway?? We function by guidelines of what society deems normal. Well, doctors do the same thing. Now.. "Normal" body temp is 98.7 degrees, right?? Well, MY normal is 97.0 degrees.. So does that make me abnormal?? In doctor's eyes, maybe, in mine... Nope!! So it's all relative. Normal for one may be totally off the chart for someone else. We're ALL normal people who happen to have diseases or syndromes or whatever the hell causes our chronic pain. I don't think that makes us abnorma... But then again, I've always been a bit off, so what the hell do I know.. LOL!!
I agree the word 'normal' should be used for objects etc, but no one person is 'normal' as we are all different....unique :) i just dont like the terminology 'normal' to describe a person....neither the word disabled...i do prefer the word 'impaired' though :) even though im sure there is still an even better word that doesn't make reference to how we are limited in some way...perhaps we should use the phrase multi-skilled or something? I know ive learnt new skills having to deal with fibromyalgia...
Unlucky, can I use your comments in part of a post I have been putting together for a while, just reading this filled a hole in the post that I am having problems articulating. Post for my blog.But yes, I have always said that common, normal, and average are words that are missed used like lay and lie.
I have several readers that ask me to ramble on about topics , these readers have ask me to keep their commennts private so I do! Some have had their family, co workers, etc read it and I seem to get positive feedback.
Adaptable....i think this word should be used instead of disabled...we all have to adapt our lives according to our health...i think this is a much more positive word as it refers to how we do something about our health rather than referring to our 'not being fully capable'....
No one likes the word disabled. My brother was choked by the umbilical cord during birth and his ability to process and learn is slow, having a need for repetitiveness to absorb any real difficulties (is: at 63 still can't do a check in account). I remember my youngest coming home from school (K-1st grade), and she was so excited because she had learned a new word. She said, "Mommy, uncle*** isn't handicapped. He's challenged!"
Now as for myself, having started with medical issues at 28, and almost each one unusual from the norm, my hubby & I, and almost all my doctor's have always tagged me as "complicated." One doc jokingly told me I'm never going to allow doctors to have an easy case with my problems, and we all laughed when I replied "I want to make y'all work for the money you're paid!". In one college class I was among the "outliers" because my medical issues weren't among the norm. Titles don't bother me and never have. I'm just a normal, challenged, complicated lady I guess. ***sigh, boring. I think I'd love to put unique in there too! 😉💕🙏🌸
Ok, I know this post is a year old but I finally wrote about this thread on my blog. I didn't use any names or where to find this thread. I had started it well over a year ago and my brain would not settle, but I finally published it today. Unlucky, if you are still out there the link to the blog is https://funnytailbones.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/average-normal-person/