For as long as I can remember, I’ve made light of my disability and often make jokes about it too. Sometimes other people are shocked by this, or I can tell they want to laugh they’re not sure if they should or not.
The thing is, I’ve got my cerebral palsy for life and no amount of being sad about it for wishing things were different will change that, so I would much rather spend time laughing about it and seeing the funny side. I think a lot of other people I know feel the same.
I actually quite like it when others join in too, as long as it’s clear that they’re making a joke in good will and with no malice intended. I take that as a sign that someone is relaxed around if they feel they can do that.
In a strange way, it makes me feel accepted too, you know?
When some people hear someone make a joke about my disability, they get offended on my behalf but I kind of wish they wouldn’t. It’s nice that they care about me enough to get upset.
I have quite a few friends with disabilities too, and with some of them we joke together about the things we find difficult or issues that we face, but I don’t do this with all my friends, because some of them don’t like to do that and would find it offensive.
What do you think about this?