About the Hippo and the blog

About me

Well, I’m not exactly sure what to say. You can’t define a human being in one page, but I think an introduction would be appreciated. I’ll just try 😉

Hi there, thank you for reading my blog. I really appreciate you’re taking the time. I’m a female and I’m in my twenties. I love languages and I’m learning English, Dutch, German and French (want to do Spanish someday too). I’ve got a couple of chronic diseases and disabilities, but you’ll find out more about that when you’re reading my blog. It’s too many to just sum up, but I can give away that I have chronic pain, chronic fatigue, rheumatism (fibromyalgia) and some other physical diseases and disabilities. I also have (complex) PTSD and had depression and dysthymia in the past.

I live together with my partner (my fellow Hippo), who’s also physically disabled, including a couple chronic diseases such as chronic depression. He supports me a lot, because he can really understand what I’m feeling. Together we tackle life’s challenges and hopefully enjoy life too (I can tell you, I often do enjoy life). We are both studying, but do this in a slightly different way. We can’t follow the regular pace, but that doesn’t matter. I also enjoy sports, photography (sadly, I can’t place my own photos here because of my anonimity), doing nice things with friends, travelling, animals etc.

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[Image with the text: There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more. Robert M. Hensel]

My blog

I doubted for a very long time if I should start my own blog. I wanted to share some things with other ‘disabled’ people, but also with those who don’t have that. I hope that by sharing our experiences and ideas, we’ll get more understanding and respect for everyone. However, it’s hard for me to go out a lot and have a lot of social interaction, because of my disabilities. For example: when I’ve been to school for 2 hours, I almost can’t do anything else that day. What kept me from blogging, is that I was wondering if someone would actually care about my opinion. Why should I bother others with it? And I was afraid of negative reactions, because you can always interpret something differently and then I come over as someone who’s lazy and pathetic and negative (which I believe and try not to be).

I try to focus on the positive things, but without forgetting my body’s limits (which is very important). And negative thoughts are allowed, I think you shouldn’t force positivity. I try to live a full, worthy life, like everyone else, despite the fact that it’s harder for some people to ‘achieve’ the same things. You could say I’m trying to have a normal life (although I actually think that there’s no normal and I kinda like that), but I’m trying to do that within my own limits (and that’s where my real challenge lies!). I think everyone deserves to have nice things in life and I hope together we can all make it happen that everyone can get chances in life and that the world becomes better for everyone (don’t forget the environment ;)). I hope I don’t sound like a preacher too much. Just for the record: I’m no saint and definitely not perfect. But no one has to be perfect 😉 In fact, I think there’s no perfect.

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[Image with the text: I’m perfect. Written as if the word imperfect was corrected.]

My username

Why did I pick the hippopotamus? I think this animal is mainly regarded as pathetic or lame. Lazy, fat, useless, ugly, slow etc. But a hippo is actually very dangerous. It has a lot of strenght and can run fast. Although I have no intention to kill humans (or anything, for that matter) I do think people might regard ‘disabled’ (whether this is physically or mentally or psychiologically) as lazy and useless and weak. But I think we’re very strong.

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[Drawing of a blue smiling hippo holding the text hippo.]

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