A Right Way to Treat … Human Kind
Why You Gotta Be So Rude?
by Erin Howell
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on “What’s an RP Moment?” I have Erin Howell here via her youtube video entitled, “Why You Gotta Be So Rude?” where she explains a recent problem she had on a commuter train in Chicago. In her no-nonsense way, she states exactly what she wants the viewer to take away from her experience.
I loved Erin’s directness and willingness to bring this situation to the attention of others, admitting to her own vulnerabilities and imperfections while pointing out how it feels to be caught in this situation. I post this simply as an educational tool, not to blame or offend. Instead, I use it as a way of promoting awareness to vision-impaired individuals and really just reminding us all of the golden rule.
As we all know and Erin points out, you don’t have to be vision-impaired to experience a situation like this. We all have our own problems and life happens but let’s be part of the solution.
Erin Howell lives and works in Chicago, IL. Storytelling classes, being a graduate teaching assistant and attending grad school keeps her busy. She has to juggle her schedule to fit in periodic new youtube videos in her ongoing Youtube series called, “Erin Going Blind,” in which she documents losing her vision.
At 26, her life is much like her contemporaries – with one exception. She suffers from Cone Distrophy. Diagnosed at 15, she didn’t learn much about it until 6 years ago when she met her biological father, who also suffers from Cone Distrophy. In a two-year period her vision decreased from 20/70 to 20/200.
Erin is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others through her experiences, particularly high school, college students and people with invisible illnesses / disabilities. She’s off to a great start as the Foundation for Fighting Blindness (FFB) recently featured her and her series of videos in the Winter 2015 In Focus newsletter.
It’s always shocking to be singled out, subject to a barrage of verbal abuse for some minor infraction you unwittingly committed.
Have you been cursed at by a stranger (s)? Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? How would you handle the situation?
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