I feel like acceptance should be everywhere in today’s society, but it isn’t always. To me, acceptance means you do not judge someone, such as the saying do not judge a book by its cover.
It is important to start accepting yourself first before you can start accepting others or expect them to accept you. Here are some things to keep in mind:
• Do not control the feelings of other people, let them do it themselves, allow them to be their own person. If you feel like you want to be helpful, then give some insightful advice.
• Don’t’ compare yourself to someone else. Sometimes it can be difficult to accept others that are different but let them be different. They may have different beliefs than you, and that’s okay too. Always be yourself and be true to who you are – be the best that you can be.
• Don’t quit or give up because someone else doesn’t accept you for who you are.
Acceptance within yourself can also mean being open and honest about your feelings. Try not to clutter your brain with difficult issues. Find a person you can trust to be able to talk out these feelings. I know sometimes it is easy to keep all these emotions inside of you, not being able to express them as clearly as you would like. Find the person you want to communicate with and communicate these feelings.
There are still people that judge the Differently-abled unfairly. They have preconceived notions that we can’t amount to anything. Proof positive, we are completing post-secondary education, exceeding career goals, modeling, acting and not letting anyone squash our dreams. We can do anything we set our minds to, so we want to be accepted for who we are.
We are different, but that doesn’t make us bad – just unique!