So, I use a wheelchair when we go to those places. I dislike it. I like the wheelchair itself. I love being able to enjoy things without worrying about my blood pressure and the cascade of symptoms. I don't love people who look at me like I'm doing something wrong. I don't love how guilty I feel, which isn't anyone's fault other than my own. I'm trying to learn that self-care and self-confidence go together.
There are a whole host of illnesses, diseases, and reasons why someone who can walk might need to use a wheelchair. Just because someone doesn't limp or use oxygen when getting out of a car, doesn't mean they are faking the need for a handicap tag.
Recognizing that there are perspectives, experiences, and realities that are not visible to the eye is an important step toward being kind and compassionate.
For those interested - the giveaway for a Kindle copy of Grendelsong, which includes one of my short stories - is happening on the last day of the A to Z Challenge to celebrate!
Please leave me a comment with your favorite short story or short story author and why to be eligible for the drawing!