Our wonderful friend @SamanthaRenke16
wrote an article in the Metro recently about his discomfort around being called an inspiration
, she says:
"I get called ‘an inspiration’ at least once a week, and this hasn’t just started happening since I became a public figure. Growing up I had complete strangers come up to me and say I inspire them. Normally I’d smile politely and say, ‘thanks!’ but I’d be left bewildered. I’m not telling you this to brag – I’ve always felt uneasy about being called inspirational."
Whilst charity trustee Robin Hindle Fisher has a different take on it, in his article in response to Samantha's, he says:
"While I find it mildly embarrassing, because I too do not consider myself to be particularly exceptional, I do not feel uneasy or annoyed when it happens. Indeed, I regard it as society recognising ‘difference’ and the fact that disabled people, as a substantial minority in society, often have tougher lives than others."
What do you think? How do you feel if people call you or other disabled people an inspiration? We would love to hear your thoughts.