“Do you feel “different” or does society make you feel different?”
This is such a hard question to be honest. I’ve never felt like I was a different person in my own world. I knew I was different but chose to accept it long before I knew I was deaf. It’s a part of who I am. It’s not black or white.
But in this world of diverse cultures, I do feel different….in ways as if I’m not accepted. In other words, you make me feel different. Inferior to my own kind. Not doing the “right thing” such as not having the cochlear implant surgery, not using sign language, not producing speech the right way, and blah blah blah.
Why does society really feel that they need to change who you are as a person? If you didn’t tell them you were deaf, they’d think you’re an idiot for having a weird accent you have, or not hearing everything they said because they assume your device behind the ear they see with their blind eye is suppose to do all that job. I could really go on with a whole list.
The point is, I would feel different if I did not signify my disability. Weird right? I constantly have to state who I am as a person to get you stupid people to change your behavior towards me. Ta da!
It’s black or white with society. I wish I don’t have to feel different. But I do. Because of the way people seem to be engineered to do. Looking one direction instead of all.
We simply must respect others for their own individuality. You can laugh because I am different. I’m going to laugh at you because you are all the same.
I wish common sense was more common.