I’ve noticed a strange and tragic phenomenon recently. I’m not sure if it’s new, or if I just spend my entire life on social media now so I recognize it more, but it’s heartbreaking.
People have lost the ability to laugh. At themselves. At others. At jokes. It has become incredibly rare to see someone joke about anything without about 400 people being offended. As someone who is constantly joking about myself and my disability, this is a huge hurdle. And I’m not great at hurdles.
I have had to literally give friends of mine permission to laugh with me at my disability. Not just “haha no you can laugh” but “if you don’t learn to joke about this I will end you”. For a long time, I thought it was just because disability is such a taboo topic; then I pinpointed the problem. Approximately 99% of the population (probably, I haven’t done a survey) spends their whole life being offended. That leaves the 1% of us that actually have a sense of humor (sorry ’bout the rest of y’all, sucks to suck) in constant fear that something we say is going to offend someone.
I AM disabled. I know this. It’s not news. Joking about it won’t make me any more or less aware of it.
The biggest disability in life is a
bad attitude shitty sense of humor.