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In seventh grade, I sat next a student with a disability he was born with. His name was David, and he was blind. I had never spoken to him before, but I knew who he was. I remember that he had many friends and was always friendly towards anyone he met. The class I shared with him was science. At first, I didn’t know what to say, but then I introduced myself. I learned that he was really easy to talk to and funny. We had a couple more conversations and I learned more about him. He was like any other teenager I knew. His disability didn’t bother me and as time passed, I looked past him.

One day, we had a lab to do in class. It was based upon genetics and we had to see which traits  we had acquired from our parents. He could not completely participate in this lab because he  couldn’t see his physical traits. This is when I realized how much I depend on the sense of seeing. The rest of day, the only thing I could think about was how life would be like for me if I could not see what my friends looked like or what my food looked like, etc. It bothered me because the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much harder life would be. I felt inspired by David because he could overcome his problem of not being able to see. He led a normal lifestyle besides the fact that he was blind. Also, he accomplished many things such as being one of the best wrestlers in our school. Through this experience I learned that everyone has their own issues to deal with. In the end, all that matters is how they deal with it. People can either be like David, who embraces life and does not let his disability get in the way of him living to his entire potential, or like others who give up because they are faced with a problem.

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