I was perusing through one of my favorite blogs, The Minimalists, awhile back and I discovered a game that came both at a perfect time for my family, and for the time of year. With spring upon us, and our family trending in a more minimalistic, conscious living style, this game presents an impetus for us to get rid of the superfluous garb that comes inherent with the 21st century American lifestyle. It also challenges us to ask ourselves a scary question: “how much can I let go of?”
When one needs assistive equipment for physical disabilities, it is to no surprise that they use them. For example, a walker for a boy with Cerebral Palsy is met with sympathy (and the occasional sideshow glance), but never met with disdain. It’s accepted that this individual cannot function without such equipment, and to deprive him of such, would be a crime.
But a disability of the mind is another story. The mind cannot wrap its hands around handles that prop it up. The mind cannot ask for a physical piece of equipment to assist it with its ailments. It is an invisible disability. Invisible disabilities are often met with less sympathy – if any. Without a piece of equipment to look at, a disability just doesn’t seem as legitimate – or at least this is the implication I’ve detected as I’ve walked alongside my daughter in the short time I’ve known her.