Dating as a disabled person can be difficult on variety of counts. There are things that are simply different in the dating process than when you had full use of your body.
You can physically do less. This is perhaps the greatest handicap that comes with being disabled. A disabled person is usually someone who is given to more reflection and has a deeper level of thinking. So the intellectual aspect is by no means affected by most injuries.
However, the reduction in physical ability does put a limit on where you can go and what you can do on dates. Most of the more challenging activities such as hiking and whitewater rafting are probably out of the question. Even common activities like swimming can become a bit more complex.
You will be challenged. Most people do not reach their full potential because they do not feel the need to stretch and become somebody. In contrast, many people who are rich today were dirt poor when they were younger. The circumstances pushed them to work harder and become better than what their situation would’ve predicted.
If you are the type of person who hankers for achievement, the type that is mentally tough, then this is what will being disabled will do to you. And you will actually become a better person for it.
What You Should Do
Take your “disadvantage” and turn it into an advantage. Answer the challenge and get ready to live a fuller, more fulfilling life. Don’t ever listen to people who say that you are less of a person because of your handicap. In fact, they are the ones that are handicapped, with that sort of thinking.
Develop a wonderful personality. Compensate by developing the sunniest, most loving personality that you can. This doesn’t mean that you should throw yourself at others; it just means that you should be able to attract others through your attitude and disposition.
Only date people who have the utmost respect for you. One of the advantages of being disabled is you will tend to attract only the nicest people. Shallow people tend to be turned off by disability; you should be thankful for this. This means the people you attract will tend to be those who see past any physical faults and into the inner beauty that you have.
A Few Closing Remarks
Dating is a bit more complicated when you are disabled, but it doesn’t make it any less fun. After all, if you find the right person, the activity involved might not even be important. You can be at home reading some books and have tons of fun. Just remember: you can enjoy your life as much, if not more, than most people. Because of what you don’t have, you have learned to appreciate what you do have. That means that dating just might be a bit more fun for you than most others.