1. You use a wheelchair. It is not something you’re bound to and is actually just a slightly more convenient way of moving around.
2. Knowing the exact terrain of a certain journey by foot/wheel and precisely where every bump/ramp/jagged bit of concrete is.
3. Also the frustration of trying to find a kerb drop when trying to move on or off a part of the ground/grass.
4. Whilst you might love the idea of a hot sunny day, the thought of your skin on your lower back and legs sticking to your chair fills you with dread.
5. Being known as ‘the person in a wheelchair’ before any of your actual characteristics, but also knowing it’s a quick way to distinguish yourself from others; for instance when booking a hair cut, “I’m the mum in a wheelchair that you saw back in April”.
6. Not being able to watch or partake in simple events/groups purely because there are stairs.
7. Getting annoyed at your own clothes for not sitting right on your wonky body.
8. Denying yourself another cup of tea because the faff of going to the toilet again is too much of an inconvenience and you have other things to be doing.
9. People’s assumptions. Of everything.
10. Other people leaning on the handles of your wheelchair and the mini heart attack you have when you think you might tip back and die.
11. Not being able to visit certain friends’ houses because of the access or lack of downstairs toilet. Tea is always at your house.
12. Being mistaken for the 4th child when turning up at a restaurant with your partner and 3 kids.
13. Hearing waitresses ask your partner if you’d like to stay in your own wheelchair or sit on one of their’s. I can indeed answer that question myself.
14. Having a logical preference for certain types of table legs. And mugs. I’m not even going to bother explaining that and just leave it sounding weird.
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