Laughing at me!
by Tim Smith

Years ago when I first started spreading awareness about Moebius syndrome I received a few phone calls and emails from people saying, “hey Tim I think what you are doing is really great but aren’t you worried about people laughing at you for putting yourself out there? We know it happens!”

At this point in my life I don't worry about being laughed at. When I was a kid, and someone teased me or laughed at me I ran home crying to my mom. As a young adult when someone teased me I did my best to send them home crying to their mom. I've been bullied and have been a bully. Being able to see things from both sides of the coin has shown me many things more clearly.

It still bothers me when I walk into the grocery store and get the occasional stare or laugh. But I understand the person who does it probably has a lot more problems than I and they use my impairment to make themselves feel better about who they are and what they are going through. In one form or another we all do it. Laughter and stares can't hurt you.

I hope people are laughing at me. I laugh at myself all the time. Like the other day when I tripped in a customer’s yard because I wasn’t watching where I was going. Some of my blogs about my online dates are hysterical. I put them out there so others will get a good laugh. They are funny. I am an expert at opening mouth and inserting foot. Laughter is the best medicine when used in the right context.

We should never be afraid to stand up and show the world who we are. We are all God’s children and to him we are all beautiful. I can't speak for him, but I think he wants us to strive to show others what he sees in us. No matter who we are, white, black, skinny, fat, smart, dumb, or impaired. There will always be people out there who laugh at us, but there will be more people out there applauding us for having the courage to stand up and show the world just how special we are. Stand up and be proud.

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