Twenty seven years ago, I was born an achondroplastic dwarf. This means that I have an average height torso but shorter arms and legs. I stand 4 feet tall. Every day I’m forced to adapt to the “average” height world that we live in.
Dwarfism is a recognized condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but a large number of people with disabilities will tell you that they wouldn’t change anything except for how the world reacts to their disability.
I feel responsible for educating everyone I come across in my everyday life that people with disabilities really are no different. Whether it’s using a stool or pedal extensions for driving, I figure out a way to overcome the obstacle in front of me and work it out. I’ve learned to accept that the world isn’t going to adapt to me so I choose to focus on everything I can do, even if it’s a different way than everyone else.
Here are my tips for how to overcome any obstacle:
1. Smile. A smile goes a long way.
2. Stay focused on the positives instead of the negatives. No matter what obstacles have come my way, staying positive has allowed me to overcome them.
3. Don’t ever give up. When I first moved out to Los Angeles after growing up in Boston, I went on one hundred job interviews before starting my current position. If I wasn’t right for those one hundred positions, I knew there still had to be an opportunity out there for me.
Available at <http://mariashriver.com/blog/2011/10/six-tips-overcoming-any-obstacle-your-life/>. Accessed in: April, 2017