And it’s not easy – the world is built for the able-bodied, who often don’t appreciate just how hard it is.
But despite any struggles they may face, the 60 people ahead do it with a great (and sometimes wickedly sarcastic) sense of humor. In fact, studies show that facing less-than-ideal situations with optimism can improve a person’s quality of life.
Disabled people, specifically, rate their satisfaction with life the same as – or higher than – able-bodied people.
With a sense of humor like these folks have, we can see why they wake up with a smile.
1. OMG, my leg!
This is from an April Fool’s Day joke in a local park.
And we just wish we could have seen the looks on the faces of bystanders.
2. Operation: humor
Sadly, the surgeon hadn’t watched enough Spongebob Squarepants to get the joke. (And if you haven’t either, here’s why it’s funny.)
3. They’re fake and they’re fabulous
A lot funnier than a double mastectomy, that’s for sure.
But this cancer survivor is still finding a reason to smile.
4. Throne on wheels
This didn’t just make us smile, we’re also in awe of how badass the whole setup is!
5. Specific instructions
We just hope they weren’t laughing too hard during the procedure!
6. Land shark
His amputation took place just a few months prior, but he quickly found a way to cope.
7. It makes us want to laugh and cry
One commenter summed up the reactions to this photo perfectly, saying: “I love how accurate this is that everyone, no matter the Country, is all, ‘Yep.'”
8. Crip ship
But you can still laugh at this vanity plate.
9. T-rexin’ and flexin’
But he managed to find his spirit animal in the T-rex, making this sweater fit (the situation, at least) perfectly.
10. Eerie costume
And she absolutely nailed it!
11. Cancer is evil
Her costume is absolutely perfect.
12. Bionic limb swap
They make quite the mismatched pair!
13. What are you lookin’ at?
Sure, people can’t help but look when they see a person who appears different, but it’s ok to call them out on it as well.
14. Fair warning
This lovely sticker should clear up any confusion.
15. His “better half”
This guy found his new “girlfriend” at the mall and decided they just “completed” each other.
16. Pre-chemo shenanigans
Too bad it’s just Bud Light – but to each their own.
17. Vacation tan
We just hope the other one matches!
18. Hair day becomes head day
What a bedazzled beauty!
19. Cancer sucks
Cancer sure does suck.
20. School spirit
Now THAT’S a school-wide sense of humor.
21. Trick or treat
We just hope this guy bought the sign. That’s an amazing trick to play on Halloween.
22. Lieutenant Dan reporting for duty
This hilarious guy can’t.
23. Peg leg
Unless they involve cavorting with Johnny Depp.
24. The gang’s all here
25. Kickass costume
The crocodile is a nice touch too.
26. But I’m happy!
But at least he’s got the funniest t-shirt around.
27. Swipe right
Check out her profession and “stats.”
So it wasn’t any surprise that some people failed to find their sense of humor when seeing this guy’s Jimmy costume.
But too bad, because he even did Jimmy impressions all night from behind the mask. It’s not like he was faking the handicap.
29. South Parking
Could you keep yourself from laughing if you saw this license plate while on the road?
30. Leggo my…leg. Oh.
While we doubt it improved his mobility, we admire the creativity.
31. This little piggy
And what better way to honor its loss than with a hilarious tattoo?
32. It’s not working!
What’s it supposed to restore if not hands? Those grow back, right?
33. It’s all about perspective
The look on this guy’s face is priceless while he wears this shirt.
34. Double duty
But he’s adjusting to life with a prosthetic pretty well – at least when he goes out for a drink.
While injuries are never funny, it’s ok to find humor in people’s way of coping with them (so long as they’re meant to amuse).
36. The cost of college
While this grad said she wasn’t neessarily a big fan of decorated caps, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make the joke.
Everyone wants to know the story, so why not make them pay for the trouble of having to repeat it?
38. Get it right. No, left!
Sadly, people have had the incorrect limb amputated by surgeons in the past.
No doubt this patient had heard a story or two and wanted to not only give his doctors a giggle but ensure that they knew which was which.
That post-op t-shirt is comedy gold as well.
39. Long story short
Now at least they have a reason to smile.
40. Snow angel
This guy is doing just fine without them.