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9 Things Only People With Albinism Can Understand

9 Things Only People With Albinism Can Understand

No one likes to feel different. All throughout our lives, we see or hear about people being teased over their appearance. It’s easier to poke fun at the unknown than to simply ask why someone appears to look little more unique than others.

That’s how many people with albinism feel every day. Their stark blond hair and extremely fair skin might make them stand out in a sea of normalcy, sometimes for the worst. But what many people with albinism really need is for folks like you and me to understand, moreso than anything else, is that they get it. They know they are different.

Albinism (aka being “albino”) occurs when the melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes becomes defective. The cause of albinism is unknown, but many doctors say genetics are to blame. People with albinism can have very light-colored hair and eyes. Or others suffering from the condition could present pinkish-red eyes and hair color that almost appears clear.

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So, now that we know a little more about albinism, let’s check out 9 things people with albinism can understand that us “normal-looking” folks don’t usually consider.

1. Some People With Albinism Have Disabilities

When suffering from albinism, it’s common to develop vision issues. Because the melanin in the eye is missing or lacking in people with this disorder, a sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and rapid eye movements are all possible symptoms of albinism.

2. They Get It. They’re “Different.”

The colorless skin, the pale hair, the dark eyes. That simple description could make someone think we’re talking about a comic book character. People with albinism have to look at themselves every day. They don’t need the uncomfortable comments and stares from others.

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3. Anyone Can Be A Person With Albinism

Albinism doesn’t discriminate. Jamaicans are just as prone to it as the Chinese. Anyone can develop the condition. No one is off limits!

4. They Wish The Media Would Stop Vilifying Them

Many times, when we see a person with albinism in entertainment or the media, they’re often being portrayed as a villain or bad guy. Why? Everyone wants to see themselves portrayed in the media in a good light. It wont happen if we continue to treat folks with albinism like they’re criminals in the making.

5. They’re Not Contagious

No, if an individual with albinism shakes your hand, your hair will not turn platinum blond. You cannot catch albinism by kissing a person with the disorder. Interaction with albinism poses no health threat whatsoever.

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6. In Some Parts of The World, They Are Endangered

Unfortunately, in parts of Africa albinism is believed to bring luck and good health to people amongst some of the native people. Ruthless thugs have been known to kill and slaughter albino children because their body parts are believed to be very valuable.

7. They Face Depression, Too

Just imagine, people constantly staring at you — sometimes with curiosity, other times with disgust. So many people do not realize that people with albinism are just as normal as anyone else. It’s not uncommon to find an albino person alone and isolated. They are not only questioned by strangers, but they question themselves, constantly asking “Why me?” It would drive anyone mad.

8. They’re Normal, Too

Even though many tend to be very isolated, they’re also very human. They become doctors, nurses, engineers, parents, teachers, college professors. Albinism is not a debilitating disease. People with it can still live a normal, healthy life — just like anyone else.

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9. Many Hate The Word “Albino”

For many people with albinism, the word “albino” can come off as condescending and insulting. Play your cards safe and watch your choice of words when talking to a person with albinism.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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