“Inspiration Porn”

Opinion piece clip-art icon“You really inspire me” has always been a cringe-worthy phrase that’s always made me want to throw up, just a little bit, in my mouth.

While it’s possibly better than being pitied or outright hated, being “inspirational” is a burden I could do without.

So, Stella Young’s talk at the 2014 TEDx convention entitled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” is an absolute God-send. The the concept of “inspiration porn” is very apt. For me the money quote was addressing the overused cliche of “the only disability is a bad attitude”:

… no amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp …

(And no, don’t you dare use the phrase “triumph of the human spirit”…)

Original article: http://www.ted.com/talks/stella_young_i_m_not_your_inspiration_thank_you_very_much