And now for a happy story.
My friends and I were at a mini convention here in New Hampshire. We’re all friends with/big admirers of Misa on Wheels. We didn’t know when she’d be arriving, so I gave her a call.
She was very excited to talk with us! She told us that, sadly, she had car troubles, and she, being a wheelchair user, couldn’t bring her chair into the rental car.
My friends and I, not to be outdone by such a small hang up, told her that she should just get on the interstate in her chair, honking at all the motorists to get out of her way, because dangit, she had a convention to get to! One of us came up with the idea of tying her chair to a rope on the end of one of our cars and driving down with her on the chair behind us.
By the end of it, we were all laughing so hard and in such a good mood that we couldn’t even be sad about the hangup. And now we’re even more excited to meet up at the big con later this year!
I know this is going to sound a bit SJW of me but
I’m kind of bitter about the
privileges advantages one has when they have an immediately observable disability, over people who have “invisible” disabilities.
There’s a cosplayer in the Northeast US that has a somewhat popular status among attendees from northeast anime conventions, Misa on Wheels. I “liked” her just recently on Facebook and I already regret it; she frequently posts statuses about how lucky she is for the friends that she has and how she doesn’t let her disability get her down. All I can think of—it must be easy to make friends when you present something that people can immediately sympathize with.
It’s not that I’m bitter or jealous. I’m glad she has a lot of fans and can find happiness in her disability. I’m happy that she has almost 4,800 likes on Facebook. The problem is…no one is ever gonna end up with a fan following as “Autistic Sasuke”, “Epileptic Sephiroth” or “Yoko with Fibromyalgia”. The battle is harder when you’re fighting it by yourself—or worse, when no one believes you because you can’t “prove” it.
“In a world where we all want to be heard, make listening to what someone else has to say a goal each day. By listening, you can hear so much more than you ever thought possible and learn about someone else's world, as they tell you their story. Sometimes all that someone needs is to vent or just know that they are not alone. If someone if willing to listen, someone is willing to care. So please, even if it is only for a minute, take time to listen today: to people, to stories, and to hearts. ♥”—
This girl’s attitude is almost as amazing as her beautiful cosplays. Truly an inspiration.