The common phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’ may give the ignorer a peace of mind that all is hunky dory in their horse blinded vision but when ignorance spawns idiocy, then we have a problem.
Ignorance tends to spawn a multitude of stories hitting the newsstands with their association to spur on racism, prejudice and ill informed opinions. Recently, a photo went viral after a MS sufferer posted a photo of a note she received under her windshield wipers while visiting a shopping centre in Southern Australia city Mitcham, asking her if she had ‘forgotten her wheelchair???’
To person that left this on my car last week at Mitcham Shopping Centre- I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 35. Not just MS but the worst one that never goes away and is slowly crippling my life. My kids have had to deal with things that kids shouldn’t ever have to deal with and all of our futures are forever changed. On the day you saw me I was having a good day, I was walking with my daughter unaided having a nice day. Thank you for ruining that. You made me feel like people were looking at me, the exact way I feel when I can’t walk properly. I am sick of people like yourself abusing me on my good days for using a facility I am entitled to. A disability doesn’t always mean a person has to be wheelchair bound but lucky for you I one day will be. Right now my focus is to walk into my best friends wedding next September and not have to be pushed. I will be 42. Before you ruin another persons day remember you don’t know everything and just because you can’t see it it doesn’t mean a person isn’t struggling to put one foot in front of the other.
Justine Van Der Borne
FULL POST HERE
While I am sure the note, deep down, came from a good place of a concerned angry citizen who is trying to call out a non deserving Disabled Permit Parking holder, it essentially shamed and embarrassed a woman who is struggling with a crippling and harrowing disease but happened to be having a ‘good day’.
If you take it upon yourself to be an absolute prick and lay down your judgement in the form of an insensitive note without backing up your ill advised perception you should probably educate yourself on what actually constitutes a disability.
I have witnessed this citizen policing first hand and it infuriated me to the point that I erupted on the busy streets of Sydney CBD, essentially ‘scare schooling’ the instigator that they, in fact, do not know everything about the universe. I had parked my family car in a disabled parking spot and taken out the disabled parking permit that remains in our glovebox until it is needed in particular situations. After I had displayed it correctly and exited the car, a man who had been loitering around my car came up to me and said ‘that I looked perfectly fine’ and should move so someone who needs the space can use it. What the man didn’t know was that I had parked there, taken the permit out of hiding and proceeded to go about my business because I was picking up my disabled mum from physiotherapy.
It is at the discrepancy of the government and a licensed medical practitioner to evaluate who should be issued disabled parking permits. It is not up to you to deem who is disabled enough to be entitled to one because a) not everything is visible on the surface and b) you should mind your own bloody business.
Worded perfectly by Justine herself, ‘just because you can’t see it it doesn’t mean a person isn’t struggling to put one foot in front of the other.’