There sometimes appears to be apparent awkwardness towards “inspiration” and disability – it can generate quite a wide range of views on it – inspiring others “despite of” or “overcoming adversity” seems to stir opinion.
Here is my take on it. For me, inspiration is an appreciation from others of the creativity shown through the individuals path. An acknowledgement that there have been quite an extended route to get to the goal you’ve achieved.
There are so many personal perspectives along the way and it’s something I’ve given a bit of thought to other the years from my own angle. Particularly when it comes to bodybuilding. I absolutely love the chance to travel, to share experiences with the opportunities that are there. Not because I’m disability, but because the end goal for that particular bodybuilding path that has been made like all of my fellow competitors across the categories.
When opportunity comes, to push myself, out of my comfort zone, to test my own physical & emotional boundaries, to push – my 1st thought isn’t “how is my disability getting in the way here”, it’s rather what is the path that needed to make this happen. I’ve long argued that I feel no different to anyone in the gym trying to achieve our goals – to improve, to feel empowered with our ability to push the boundary we might have previously known possible.
If an opportunity is there to compete, that is the goal set – it’s the target and the journey taken in each is unique with their own story – it’s the creative thinking that navigates the best way for every individual to show the world, “this is my route, my way forward, my journey!”