I’d say that it’s pretty common for people to use language to say something they want to say, without the intention to offend, with a result of offending someone or something anyway. In the instance of one who has suffered and survived a Brain Injury, you are bound to run into a lot of language used in many ways, often in ways that can be troublesome for a sufferer of the injury, and maybe even for one who cares for the sufferer of the injury. It is an example of the very common ignorance towards the injury itself. Even Doctors can be guilty of this action of the irresponsible use of language.
Some examples of this inappropriate use of language outside of Brain Injury, are like if one says that’s “retarded”, or that’s “gay” or you are having a “blonde moment.” It is somehow socially acceptable to use language this way, though it is not acceptable. It is unacceptable. Everyone should be careful with their words at all times, regarding anything at anytime.
Some of the things you see in the picture, are what has been said to me by relatives of mine. Some images represent, what can just be overheard when I am in a public place, surrounded by other humans. I have heard someone call me “hop-along,” because I walk with a cane. Also I just have a simple sense of the thoughts of others, who see me walk, in what is to them a seemingly different manner than most humans.
The image of the person in the center represents someone being judged, and their reaction to the judgement. This common reaction, can be in words or in gesture, directed at those who judge and are clear about their judgement. Even if those that judge seem indirect, the sense or you could say “fact” of their judgement remain in the air, and/or in the space of those that judge.
It is somehow often misunderstood by people, that a Brain Injury is a real injury that it is quite more common than it is thought to be. People must keep in mind that Brain Injury is common. If it helps for public awareness, people could use an analogy or metaphor like breaking a bone, burning skin or tripping and falling. It’s all the same.