We've all been there: a social situation where our nerves get the best of us, and we find ourselves at a loss for words. We racked our brains, but we just couldn't think of anything worth saying.
It might have been meeting a new potential friend, a client, or love interest. Or maybe it was trying to strike up a conversation at a party. I've been there. As a disabled person and a wheelchair user, often I have had thoughts about being judged or seen as different.
I have often felt like I am not good enough. I've told myself that other people are not interested in knowing me. That they have already made their decision about me. I'm actually imposing my self-image on other people, assuming they see me the same way I see myself. That way, I have an excuse to refrain from being vulnerable because I already made their minds up for them. I don't have to take any chances on finding out what they really think.