Creativity Is the Rule, Not the Exception

A quick opinion

When it comes to being in a wheelchair it’s almost entirely up to you as to how much of anything you’ll do. Of course, this could be classified as an ableist statement, and if that’s what you think then I’m inclined to put you on my list of people that I entirely don’t respect – if you were to even care. The point here is that aside from being able to move your arms or not, and stuff like that, you truly can do a whole lot of things. There are so many programs for all levels of disabilities to do everything from rock climbing and ziplining all the way to basketball and basic fitness.

Here’s the thing: whatever you do, aside from nothing, absolutely requires innovation and creativity. There isn’t anything I can think of that isn’t made different by being in a wheelchair. However, a lot IS possible, given one critical skill. Creativity. This skill reaches broadly not only to being creative with respect to yourself but guiding help from others (which can require confidence).

For anyone in a wheelchair, creativity is not the exception, it’s the rule. Literally everyone in a wheelchair MUST be creative.

That’s my opinion. Creativity is the standard for wheelchair users. I really don’t think there’s anyone in a wheelchair who isn’t creative on some level, and the levels are determined by experience. Traveling requires an insane amount of creativity.

I just had this stuck in my head for a few days after hearing myself and others being acclaimed for creativity, whereas I don’t think I’m very special in terms of creativity (it’s the rule, not the exception). My creativity comes from the things I do AND being in a wheelchair.  

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