I used to take public transport everywhere until I started battling multiple chronic illnesses. My struggle with my body and my health makes public transport inaccessible. You really don’t realize how inaccessible the world is until you need it to be accessible for you.
The transit system is failing its customers with disabilities and it’s even worst when you have an invisible disability. People look at you and think you are healthy and/or faking because you are lazy and want a seat. They don’t see someone who can’t stand or walk for very long. They don’t see someone who can’t hold themselves in place in a moving vehicle. If the bus or metro stops, my legs won’t hold me up. I will fall and hurt myself.
We shouldn’t be so quick to judge someone by appearance. Just because we don’t look disabled doesn’t mean our bodies are capable of much. Or that we aren’t in a ton of pain or feel so sick we almost can’t stand it. Many of us have just become really good at making it look normal.
Don’t assume that everyone who look healthy is healthy. Do not question someone who says they medically cannot do a task. That person is already struggling with guilt over what they think they should be able to do and it’s humiliating to be called out by strangers who don’t believe them.