A Lie of Omission: Handling Questions About My Cerebral Palsy in Public

In real life (IRL), we must face our differences head-on.

I want you to follow me on my journey to do just that through this “Lauren IRL” video series and learn something about your own journey along the way.

Have you ever gotten so deep into a lie, you have no other choice but to ride it out and suffer the consequences?

I have. 

People inquire about my disability all the time. In fact, there are few days that I can make a shopping trip or have a night out with friends without someone mentioning the way I walk. Usually it’s a quick, "Yep, I'm good. It's just Cerebral Palsy." or "No, I actually have a disability...I'm not drunk." explanation that follows but this time, when someone inquired about my gait, I felt compelled to lie. 

You see, this man was so happy to "relate" to me that it never occurred to him that I could be walking this way due to disability. I decided to play along with his assumption for fear of embarrassing him.

Did I make the right call? Is honesty always the best policy, or is a lie of omission acceptable when people's feelings are involved? I don't know. 

But one thing is for sure: I felt terrible about my dishonesty for the rest of the day. 

What would you have done in this situation? Let me know in the comments below!