"For the first time in my life, I’ve gotten over the barrier of my body and I have made what I consider the first real friends of my life. Doing this has taught me a lot about the world of able-bodied people. I have learned that some people who look fine are more crippled than I am, by fears they can’t explain. Other people are held back by shyness, or anger. In making friends, I see the way some people handicap themselves. I believe there are choices each of us make every single day. We can dwell on our limitations or we can push ourselves past them. I may be a nonverbal girl delivering a speech, but I am no braver than a shy person walking up to their crush and asking them out. Or a socially phobic person going to a party. I have learned not to judge people by their limitations, but by the way they push past them. I have learned that many people have disabilities they must make their peace with."
Say What You Will, by Cammie McGovern