Being a content creator is difficult and it can be even more difficult when you are disabled. I was born with a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia as I stand 2 feet and 10 inches tall. In fact, I am the shortest dwarf of my type with there being 200 different types of dwarfism. Along with this and other orthopedic problems, I use a power chair daily. Growing up people have always made assumptions about my capabilities which inclined always being talked to like I was baby. I guess because I looked disabled, people thought I was mentally ill as well. People would often ask my friends or family what I wanted or needed instead of conversing with me. They thought I couldn’t answer for myself at all. So, after many years of enduring this I became angry and hateful and sometime later, I wanted to stay home because I was fed up with the outside world and its ignorance. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I decided to do something about it!
Amy Schumer was performing at my college and my roommate and I had tickets. Once in the venue, the usher asked my roommate where I wanted to sit. My roommate told the usher to ask me where I wanted to sit as the usher proceeded to roll his eyes at me and completely ignore me and again, ask where I wanted to sit. I became livid but my roommate calmed me down and told me to just enjoy the show. Once we arrived home I turned on my camera, went on a huge rant about how to treat someone like me, and posted it on YouTube. I thought to myself, “I can’t be the only disabled person who feels like me” and it turns out I was right! Within days I was getting all types of comments of support and love. I began to realize there was more of a need for someone to speak out and I decided it would be me.
I started posting weekly videos about my life experiences and short vlogs on how I handled each situation. I started receiving comments from people thanking me and emails of their life stories and I was told what an inspiration I was and how people looked up to me. For the first time in my life, I felt like I had a purpose. I realized that maybe some of the things I have been through and still go through inspire others to be happy. After that, all of the hate and anger started melting away and turned into love and understanding. I learned that instead of hating people, I needed to love and educate them. Maybe through my teachings, it would break down some of the ignorance in the world and by my 30th YouTube video, I knew that entertaining and teaching others was my life’s mission.
Fast forward 2 years later, I am almost a full-time content creator! I get to travel the US, telling my stories and inspiring others to be their best selves. I have never experienced so much love and support in my life and even for every negative comment I receive, there are always five additional comments to drown out the hate! There have been internet trolls that once bullied me, who write back and apologize for the things they said or did. They would tell me that they picked on me because they didn’t understand my handicap and once I showed them kindness, their attitudes changed.
My goal in life is to make as many people happy as possible through my vlogs. If you see how “normal” my life is, you’ll start assuming other disabled people are just as “normal” too. I want to inspire people and to know that whatever they went through in life, they can achieve anything they set their mind to. The only thing that is stopping you is yourself. If I can do it with my handicaps, you can do it without it.