I have been rather busy with work lately so I haven’t had chance to do much writing. Today is my day off so I thought I’d do some.
In the past few weeks I have noticed a difference when traveling to and from work with the business of public transport. This has made it more tiring getting to and from work.
The differences have been that more and more people are using public transport as people start to return back to working in the office. At weekends more people are using public transport to go out into town.
What makes it even more tiring and stressful is that I am starting to notice people’s return to ‘normality’ when it comes to public transport.
By this I mean people are not always giving me space when I get on the train, they are not offering me a seat, they are cutting in front of me and my cane.
This is physically exhausting and mentally draining.
All I want is for people to respect my space and to just ask if I need help. It’s nice to be nice.
However, I do try to focus on the good people do. For example a lady helped me cross a busy road and asked I needed help navigating some road works on the pavement ahead. I said I was fine and thank you for asking me if I needed help.
Another lady asked if I needed assistance on the escalator. She said she was’t sure whether to ask because she understands that Disabled people are capable of being independent. I replied saying that I would prefer if people asked, because in doing so you are showing you are being kind whilst respecting they might be perfectly fine. I thanked her for her help.
Please just be mindful as you go abut your day that all this ‘opening up’ business is very exhausting for Disabled People. I wasn’t shielding I was going to work as normal when my work re open-end. It was much nicer for me travelling to work when it was less visually stressful. Please be aware of your surroundings and if you see someone who might need help, just ask. Personally I prefer this, then if I do need help if more people are offering, I don’t have to worry about finding someone to ask.
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