This is something I never imagined I’d have to write about. It’s also something that doesn’t just affect me. It seems that there are lots of people having the same trouble. Blue badge battles.
I parked in a disabled bay today at my local tesco. I displayed my badge, as you do, for everyone to see. As I walked away from the car, a lady behind me started to explain very loudly, to her children, the rules of the mighty blue badge and how it can be revoked if you misuse it. Now I’m guessing that this conversation was in fact aimed at me. Because I don’t ‘look’ disabled. I have all my limbs, I can walk unaided and I ‘look’ just as healthy as the next person. This woman looked at me and came to the assumption that I was misusing my badge.
It’s not the first time it’s happened either. I’ve had elderly ladies shouting through their car window at me telling me I can’t park there – it’s for disabled people and others waving their blue badges at me excitedly only for me to wave mine back, all the while smiling and saying ‘up yours’ through gritted teeth.
People are far to quick to judge, to jump to conclusions.
I feel awkward and embarrassed when I do park in a disabled bay. It’s no wonder really!! I feel like I need to put on a bit of a limp just to please the crowd. But the truth of the matter is, not all disabilities are visible. You can’t see the pain I’m in or how exhausted I am. Some days I can walk from the furthest corner of the car park and other days I can’t.
Today was one of those days.
So this is to everyone who has questioned me. I don’t need to explain my reasons for having a blue badge to you but I would like to quote an age old idiom – “never judge a book by its cover”.