So why should any of this matter? Our lives would not be as satisfying if we weren’t able to go to our favorite bookstore, coffee shop, cute boutiques, get to school or jobs, or spend evenings out with friends. If we were afraid to go places independently, we would just stay at home – or continually need to ask for assistance – because it is easier and/or safer, but not necessarily ideal by any means.
Communities that are welcoming to many different types of people ultimately increase independence for those who struggle with it.If someone doesn’t feel comfortable leaving home, it creates an entirely new set of problems on top of what may already be going on physically or mentally. This includes someone’s social circle shrinking, possibility of depression increasing, and meaningful relationships reducing in number.
Communities that are welcoming to many different types of people will increase everyone’s quality of life, and ultimately increase independence for those who struggle with it. And that’s worth the effort. It feels good to be welcome. It feels good to be accepted, thought about, and cared for. That’s what makes life enjoyable.[bookpagefooter]