Change your life. God's kin-dom is here! (The Message Bible, 15)I've been thinking about inspiration lately and when it is empowering and when it becomes harmful. This is what I posted in response to the article, Inspiration Porn: What It Is and Why It Hurts:
I have much conflict with this. I feel like it applies if a person is born with a disability. But if it happens later in life, then choosing to give up is a much more realistic choice. I feel like especially when it comes to severe mental illness, the success I've achieved IS rightly inspirational. I graduated college and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done and the only thing that made it so hard was my disability-severe mental illness. So yeah, I'm proud of that. I do a lot of mental health presentations where I put myself as an inspiration to others. On the other hand, sometimes I am used as a commodity. Like people only see me as inspiration and not as human, like I've got supernatural inspirational powers, almost. People don't have hope for their loved one or themselves, so I get the sense that they're trying to squeeze all of it out of me. A very unpleasant feeling. I even turned down a presentation once because I was told that My inspiration was needed, which made me feel objectified. So I think inspiration porn is on a case by case basis and doesn't just apply to all disability inspiration situations.