Hello, my name is Menko and I am a Joy-Rider. I’ve been one for multiple years in a row now and I know I won’t stop soon. Joy-riding makes my day brighter, gives me strength and keeps me going. It keeps me, literally, rolling.
Okay, let me stop you right there. It’s not what you think. I don’t ride in (stolen) cars without a driving license! Even if I would want to I physically can’t! That is because I have a disability and therefore need to use a wheelchair. I could tell you exactly what my disease entails, but I think that’d really boring for you. So, in short; this disability causes disorder in my muscle cells and therefore, I don’t have much strength in my muscles. Of course this poses its difficulties. But I think it has many benefits. There are benefits to not being able to walk or not being able to do sports. For example, I always bring my own chair and I can wait in line while sitting. And I can tell you: it sure does sit comfortable!
Besides that, I know that I am blessed with something else: my mental capabilities. I am blessed to study at the University and even get to graduate this year!
Although my possibilities, and especially my physical ones, may be limited, I think I can achieve as much as you can. Unless you are a professional athlete or dancer of course. What I mean to say is: look on the bright side of life. This may sound like a cliché, but it is absolutely true! If I would continuously complain about all the things I can’t do, it would be really irritating for everyone around me. It would become a vicious spiral and in my opinion that is not good for the human soul. My parents always told me to appreciate what you have and what you can do. And that is something I do. That’s why I am a ‘joy-rider’. Riding in my wheelchair while having a joyful and positive look at the world around me.
* Photo not owned by me