Alexandra Hornig wants to build bridges between the worlds in which people with and without disabilities live – separated from each other according to her. That is why she gives insights into living with a disabled daughter. She wants more tolerance and more togetherness without fears of contact, in order to live inclusion. How this could work, she tells us in REHACARE.com.
Name: Alexandra Hornig Age: 36 City: Berlin, Germany Occupation: Author Impairment: My daughter Maria was born in the 31st gestation week. She has a spastic tetraparesis with concomitant effects like drop foot, epilepsy disposition and strabismus.
Alexandra Hornig: All the time and every day. What would life be without friends and fun?! But making me laugh until I cry - that was my husband the other day: He styled his beard like chef Rubio and cooked our dinner while talking with an Italien accent.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Alexandra Hornig: For two and a half years now there is a project on my mind which wants to be realized. Unfortunately I do not have enough courage right now. Maybe it is not the right time, maybe I am not ready so far. But I will feel it when the right moment has come. Some things in life need patience and the right time.
Which person has influenced you most?
Alexandra Hornig: The speech Charlie Chaplin held on his 70th birthday influenced me the most.
You have the chance to become the German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Alexandra Hornig: I would give lectures in order to educate. We have a parallel universe. There is one of the "normal people" and there is one where people spend their lives with illnesses and disabilities. The biggest communication problem is due to ignorance and fear of the unknwon. But when you start to understand you can open up and take the first steps into a life of inclusion.
Your life is made into a film: Who would represent you?
Alexandra Hornig: Melissa McCarthy. Because she would just be perfect for this.
I would like to be ...
Alexandra Hornig: Meryl Streep. A wonderful actress with an amazing aura.
Which questions would you like answered the most?
Alexandra Hornig: There aren't any.
What I finally want to say...
Alexandra Hornig: The German singer Nena once said in an interview: "Life is what you make it. You get up every day and make a new decision about it."
Every day can be the perfect day. It depends on your point of view. Maybe the day that went wrong last week will be the one that changed your life - when you look back in two years. So was it a perfect day then?
I think perfect days are those that let you grow and when you get to know new things - and when you could say "I have been a good person".