Tio Muluken

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Paint the world with the brush you choose

I am a protagonist in a world where I am expected to play a role of a supporter. With this sentence Tio started her speech about how society has perceived her and put her in a box where she never belonged in the first place. Due to Polio in her early years, Tio cannot walk and mobilizes herself in a wheelchair. Nonetheless, she hasn’t felt sick a day in her life, so her life in this wheelchair was just meant to be. Growing up in Ethiopia, Tio found her way around the law faculty. Although this ambition to study really came from her mother, she still fulfilled her studies and painted the world with the brush she chooses going after her own dreams instead of those imposed to her. After experiencing an event that changed her way of viewing her own life Tio encourages others to not feel compassioned about people with disabilities, but to change their view. She encourages to give a compliment, to be real but do not try to change the way the person in the wheelchair is, because there is nothing to be fixed in that person on the first place.

“I am a protagonist in a world where I am expected to play a role of a supporter.”