Allie's Writings

Nature, Nurture or Disability. Which has the most influence?

I was asked earlier what effect my disability has.

This got me wondering, what would I be like if I wasn't disabled.

Would I be:

More confident? I may appear confident on the outside, but often worry whether I am doing the right thing when in social situations.  I am very conscious of what I am doing and am watching for cues all of the time.  Being deaf doesn't help as a lot of cues are missed.

Maybe I am just a naturally reserved/private person.  I don't know.  I often have many questions I'd like to ask, but don't get around to as I am not sure of the reaction they would get.  I expect many people are like that.

Less determined? Because of my disability I have always been encouraged to 'have a go' at things and try new experiences.  I didn't get everything done for me.  I have always been encouraged to find a way of doing stuff myself.  'Can't', isn't a word used in my dictionary, it's a challenge!

More outgoing?  Being deaf makes it harder work being in groups of people.  Don't get me wrong, I love to be included and wouldn't miss it for the world.  But maybe I appear quiet sometimes.  It's just because I am working hard to keep up with the conversation/s that are going on around me.  If I wasn't deaf I'd probably join in more.

Would I be less accepting of others?  I think in someways being disabled you mix with a wider variety of people.  Would I be more likely to stick with people of similar backgrounds as myself if I hadn't had these experiences?  I don't know.  Maybe I just been brought up to be more accepting.

Would I have travelled more?  Using a wheelchair makes travelling more complicated, it also makes going new places - even a local pub/friend's house - more interesting.  I have travelled but many places I would probably enjoy are a long flight away, or a journey that requires many changes on the way.

Wider circle of friends maybe? Maybe I'd have more friends, but quality is far better than quantity.  I feel privileged to know, and to be included in the lifes of the friends I do have.  I would do anything for them, and hope they would do the same for me.

Would I have different interests/hobbies?  I love reading, and using the computer, I also very much enjoy doing crafty stuff.  I used to ride, would I still be riding now if I wasn't disabled?  I also used to shoot, and play hockey.  Maybe if I wasn't disabled I would have been able to find local groups to join and keep these hobbies up.  I love the idea of ski-ing but am not brave enough to try wheelchair ski-ing, as I don't like to feel out of control - it scares me.  I mean, I dislike being pushed in a wheelchair, so I am hardly going to feel confident enough to trust someone else to be in control as I go down a ski-slope am I?!

Where would I be now, what would I be doing with my life?  Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike being disabled - after all it's all I have ever known.  It's part of me.

At the end of the day, I am happy with my life - but it's an interesting thought.

Enjoy life, and make the most of what you have!  Laughing