The term handicap means that there is something wrong with the physical or mental state of a person that makes ordinary activities difficult to them compared to other people.
Having said that, it is important to note that handicapped people doesn’t always have physical deformities like what other people think.
But if handicapped people’s body and the way they walk looks fine, that doesn’t mean they aren’t battling any other “difficulties.”
A person with brain trauma can still go through a life-threatening seizure even if he looks fine, a person with a heart condition can still have a heart attack if he does something tiring.
For these people, the convenience that handicapped accessibility in buildings and roads have can mean life or death.
But one person didn’t know this.
Lexi Baskin, who is a pharmacy technician at the University of Kentucky, was targeted by an insensitive person who seem to think that handicapped people are those that show physical signs only.
Last month, she parked her car in a handicapped parking space outside the medical library of the university.
She found this posted on her car, along with other notes that are not flattering, but plain right insensitive.
But instead of lashing out with anger like what the person who went out of the way to make her feel bad, she posted her story on Facebook with a reminder to just love one another.
“Just a gentle reminder that you have no idea what is going on in other people’s lives. Just because you can’t physically observe something does not mean that a person is not feeling it.”
“Just because I look fine in the 2 minutes I walk from my car to the building does not mean I am not battling cancer and undergoing radiation treatment.”
“I am not asking for sympathy, but just awareness that everyone is fighting their own battles, whether you know it or not. Be kind to people. Make people cry tears of joy, and not frustration or sadness.”
“Love one another. I will choose to love this person and pray for them. I hope that the darkness in their heart is replaced with unconditional love and happiness.”
Lexi added: “this is my car and I am legally allowed to park in handicap spaces due to treatment and exhaustion”
Do you see how wonderful it is to just spread love and not hatred?
Way to go, Lexi for showing the person love and kindness. We hope that person learns sympathy towards other people.