There exists a form of discrimination that receives almost no attention and even less awareness. When we see a person in a wheel chair, or a person with down syndrome (most of us know what that looks like), or a deaf person signing, just to name a few, their disability is obvious. We afford them certain courtesies due to their inabilities. In essence, we pick up the slack, if there is slack, and we are happy to do so. This is not the case for disabilities or illnesses that are NOT obvious, and there are too many to count. Unseen disabilities that plague people are probably more common than the obvious ones, and yet, for those who appear fully capable we tend to not be compassionate and understanding as to what they may or may not be dealing with. I deal with physical issues due to brain damage that no one can see, and sometimes I react strangely to otherwise normal circumstances due to those issues. I didn’t ask to be afflicted by these things just as no one asks to have depression, or fibromayalgia (which some people think is a made up affliction to milk the system), or lupus or Anemia or any kind of disease or abnormality that anyone deals with. The things I deal with are extreme but NOT obvious. I am not normal. I will never be normal, and I have accepted this, but because I appear normal society expects me to be normal. My point is this, and this is what I take away from my own crap that I deal with… you never do know what someone is dealing with just by looking at them. Many of us deal with things that no one can see. So I think compassion for others is always good policy. Hell why not do a random act of kindness and just sometimes pick up the slack, afford some courtesies even when there is no obvious reason to do so. Instead of possibly being someone’s last straw, you could be the reason they hang on.