When I first saw the ad I thought it was a heartwarming story. Then I thought it was a great piece of writing, then I thought it was great acting. And then I thought about the ad – about the guy stuttering and being able to boldly do what more strong hearts would hesitate to do – and it made me wonder.
We’re all born without knowing what Life will throw at us. Life is not of our choosing – not the family, gender, economic strata, blood group, country, religion, nothing, nothing at all – and we’re thrown in the deep end. We don’t really sink, just that some turn out to be marathon swimmers, some float, some waddle, some dive, some gasp after a few laps, some become experts, some enjoy it, some learn it late, some build their stamina, some follow the practice diligently, and some, yes some decide to quit and sink.
Stuttering is not a disability. Having prosthetic legs is not a disability. Having cancer is not a disability. Having any fatal incurable disease is not a disability. Being born in poverty is not a disability. Being born blind is not a disability. Born disfigured is not a disability.
Not willing to forgive is. Not willing to show compassion is. Not willing to love is. Not willing to give up rigid dogmatic notions of religion, caste, colour is. Not willing to give respect to a woman is. Not willing to do something about your circumstances, take some action and just pass the buck or crib all the time is. Constantly craving for status, power, prestige, money or sex is.
You see, Life is not a disability. Our attitude is.
Like a really old ad for a local brand of apparel used to say, “wear your attitude.”