The last time I flew from Rhode Island to home a Stewardess greeted me and advised me that she sees the airline hadn't done their due diligence and asked me a few short questions in regards to reality orientation such as: what was the day? who was the current President and what was my name. I answered all the questions to her satifaction except for my name. How is that possible you ask? I had booked the ticket under my FULL NAME and neglected to give my middle name -- so after a few moments the matter was settled.
I would wager that I run into at least a dozen such incidences of idiocy on any given day. Thankfully having a disability you get to see first hard someone's true nature and deal wit it and just move on. For instance, the man that came up to my friend and I while we out having coffee. Apparently, G-d had spoken to him and he would like to pray for us to better / well / healed / whole.
In my best preacher voice I told him that my G-d... OUR G-d is EVERYWHERE Sir and he spoke to me your Prayer on high and we can pray about ANYTHING you like Sir (preferably that I win the next mega-ball ticket, right?) except the Prayer that's on your heart today.
My G-d, OUR G-d... wants ME to tell YOU that I AM FINE exactly the way that I am Sir. This is who I am and how My G-d, OUR G-d means for me to be... So, if there's ANYTHING else Sir you wish to Pray about at all?
I am for it! G-d is all for it... In fact, He'd like me to Pray away the Pity and Sadness that you have deep in your heart for us Sir because we are just FINE with the way G-d has made us...
Have a nice day.
His response: So, then you don't want my Prayer?!!
My reply: No, thank-you, but I will Pray to heal the pity + sadness from your heart Sir. (to which at this point he gave us both a very defeated + confused thank you and left)
Whether it is a by the book Stewardess or a Bible-thumping soul who feels to view me out and about is to color his eyes with thoughts of his own mortality each and every day I make a promise to myself to be who I am unabashedly. I live my life with love and compassion for those around me and yet, despite all the wacky, crazy, outrageous events that happen to me day to day I could never imagine another life or a tamed and passive me. Thank G-d for that! No one should settle for being anything other 100% their authentic self -- that's a promise.