Even Disadvantages Can Be Useful
So, I picked this up from one of the animated programs my daughter is very fond of. I believe I was cleaning up in the kitchen when one of the characters (which was a young dinosaur) says, “Even Disadvantages Can Be Useful!” And that stuck with me in so many ways…
Well, my initial reaction to this was, “Wow! This was from a cartoon show?” This may not make sense to a three-and-a-half old, but they have it in their scripts! And somehow, I thought to myself, it was such a nice platform to remind kids that, yes, disadvantages can be useful!
I’m pretty much aware that even kids today get bullied because of “disadvantages” that whatever aspect of themselves that others see as a disadvantage, they would be bullied for that.
You belong to a poor family, you don’t get to have new things. You’re short and therefore vertically challenged, when reaching on top shelves, when looking from the back row. You’re too skinny and treated as weak. You’re too fat that you couldn’t fit through recesses. I bet there are other examples of what others may see as disadvantages.
Given these, it’s great to be told that “even disadvantages can be useful,” having exposed to (or made aware of) these at a young age. It would not make them hate them just because they are being teased or bullied for them. At an early age, they would know and would try to find what is useful about their disadvantage.
Perhaps, in relation to some of my examples earlier…
If one can’t have new things, they can reuse or repurpose old things, developing their creativity. Being short would allow them to stay in front when arranged according to height. When made to fall in line for anything, they’ll always be first in line. They can reach places that tall people don’t. And so on, and so forth.
As an adult, of course this resonated much with me. Not because I have found a lot of use for the disadvantages I have discovered in myself. Rather, because I have already used some of the disadvantages I had to develop myself.
For example. I lived in the South of Metro Manila all my life, in Muntinlupa. I studied in Quezon City when I was in college, somewhere around 30 kilometers away (about 19 miles). I had to commute because I wasn’t accepted in any of the dorms, and I wasn’t comfortable renting a bedspace or a room for myself. And when I was in college, a major expressway was still on-going construction. So, to get to a 10am class, I had to leave home at 7am, considering the traffic of the expressway and the major highway I’d be trudging on.
It was quite a disadvantage living in the South. But that was useful for me (I think). It developed my patience, my endurance, my resilience… All of which, though, I somehow threw out of the window when I became a mom, hahahaha! (That’s another story, okay?).
Anyway, so… Even disadvantages can be useful because it would always propel you to do something with it or work around it. Disadvantages are useful in so many ways, that when you get to work around them, they become your strengths. In relating a SWOT analysis, disadvantages can be opportunities; they can be threats that you can convert to opportunities; or even weaknesses that you can convert to strengths…
(the part-time instructor in me squeezed in a bit.)
So, yes… If you’re feeling challenged or in a disadvantage, remember that a dinosaur in a cartoon show learned and said that even disadvantages are useful to anyone who recognizes them. You can always put it to your advantage. ☺