Lesson Learned from being Differently Abled

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Lessons Learned from being Differently Abled

Where do I begin or in this case how do I begin? I saw this world in just 7 months which meant I had a permanent glitch – Cerebral Palsy, a rare permanent condition which left me a limp. To be frank the beginning was fun for I didn’t have any idea why I was being pampered so much.

There was rarely any discrimination when I started out. For those innocent hearts at school I was one of them. My disability didn’t matter to them one bit. I was the star kid at school and excelled in everything. It was all roses and I didn’t have any idea of what the real world had in store for me.

As I grew up I saw people giving me a cold stare wherever I went. The harsh realities began to sink in.  I was hardly prepared for this period of isolation. I was the untouchable, the glitch. My world turned upside down in the blink of an eye. A period of self – pity followed. Oh God why me was a constant question until the day I read about Nick Vujicic. This guy didn’t have limbs but was inspiring everyone.

I realized then and there that it was always going to be difficult but I had to find a way to survive and inspire everybody. It wasn’t going to be easy but I was determined to fight it out. The very first to redemption was focussing on what I could do rather than what I couldn’t. Some tough choices followed.

The stares did continue but I chose to ignore and be myself.  I was relentless, stubborn and never gave up. What followed was a period of unlearning and re-learning. The scars began to vanish and people could see what I was really capable of.

Always listen to your heart and focus on your destination. Never let the hurdles bother you they are nothing but stepping stones to your moment of glory.  There will always be people waiting to pull you down just ignore them. Surround yourself with the right people.  I call them helping hands for they are a constant reminder of how beautiful life can be. Absorb the positive energy that surrounds them and use it transform yourself. It isn’t going to be easy but never ever give up.

Always remember the 3 R principle rediscover, relearn and rejuvenate yourself time and again.

About Salesh

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Salesh Dipak Fernando


I am Salesh… People call me differently abled.. I consider myself special. I feel privileged to be able to things which others cannot. This blog is just a way of expressing myself and connecting with you people.

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  • Shaunna P

    Thank you for sharing and being so transparent about your journey.

    • Salesh Dipak Fernando

      Yeah I like to bare it all and be transparent.. Thanks.. Glad u liked it…

  • http://www.thechefkatrina.com/ Katrina

    Wow! This is a fantastic post. I, too, have learned a lot from Nick. An amazing person who has inspired many. Thank you for remembering that you are someone too and that you can make a difference in this world.
    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    • Salesh Dipak Fernando

      Yeah nick is awesome.. Thanks for dropping by.. Ya my motto is be the change…

  • http://letbeautybeyourconstantideal.blogspot.in/ Beloo Mehra

    Thanks for sharing your journey of three R’s as you put it. Inspiring. Be well, be yourself.

    • Salesh Dipak Fernando

      I am glad the post resonated with u.. Thanks for dropping by…

  • Shri

    Thanks for sharing your story. You’re so right about focusing on what we can do instead of what we can’t.