"But if you could choose to be anything, wouldn't you choose not to be disabled?"

If I could choose to be ANYTHING, "nondisabled" wouldn't even rank!
Thinking that being nondisabled is what one would desire above all else is indicative of the ways that ableism impoverishes the imagination.
Did I have other plans that didn't include being disabled? Sure! Much like how younger you wanted to be a choo choo train when you grew up... I don't expect that you lose sleep over it now that you're not, in fact, a train -- so why should I?

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