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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 July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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