I personally identify more with being differently-abled than dis-abled. For me, disabled focuses on what I lack, not what I bring. I’m not less, I’m just different. I see it like this – everyone is good at some things and not at others, and as we age, many of our bodies develop challenges even if we weren’t born with them. Everyone is differently-abled and we shouldn’t be afraid to show, and share how.
In 2018 I began a personal journey to understand myself better, and how my different-ability has influenced who I am and how I approach life. Part of that is sharing my experiences, openly and vulnerably, as I challenged myself to walk the South Downs Way – which I completed in 2019 and now in 2021 to use my daily lockdown walks to cover the 268 mile distance of the Pennine Way, virtually.