Physically Enlightened, Not Physically Challenged

In the blog, The Handi-Capable Body, the author tells the story of her sister who has a disability when it comes to walking. Her sister underwent what Kris Castner calls “transformations” of her body. And even though her sister had undergone many surgeries, doctor’s appointments, and people looking at her, watching her as she walked around school, she didn’t think something was wrong. Julie, Castner’s sister, was never waiting on a fix. Her mom one day believed that she had found “the fix” because she saw information online about some neuro-technology that could help people who had walking disabilities. Kris realized that the people around Julie were the ones waiting for the fix, not Julie because Julie never believed that anything was wrong with her. And even though she wishes she didn’t have the disability, she had come to accept it. The people around her had not. And what Julie taught Kris was this; “there is nothing wrong with physically challenged bodies. It’s what you do with your body that matters, and that is a problem faced by everyone with, well, a body” (Castner).

This got me thinking about how in our society we look at people with physical disabilities. We watch them, we stare at them, and we point them out. But when it comes down to it, they are the same as we. They have a body and we have a body. They use their body in one way and we use ours in another. That is not a problem and there is nothing wrong with physically challenged bodies. And though we might make the attempt to raise the acceptance, it is important that the message is still clear. Those people who are physically challenged are also physically enlightened.