Accepting help and showing willingness to help – that is what Saskia Katharina Most would wish for from people, whether with or without disability. Why the blogger has overcome her fears in setting up her blog and why it is important to her to constantly improve herself, she explains at REHACARE.com.
Name: Saskia Katharina Most Age: 29 City: Fulda/Germany Occupation: Office chair acrobat, author, blogger Impairment: Due to a lack of oxygen at birth, I have a tetraspastic and am therefore dependent on the wheelchair.
Saskia Katharina Most: There's so much that makes me laugh – my family, my friends, a little irony or just a funny part in a movie. But if I had to commit myself, it would be my godchild and my niece who always put a smile on my face.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Saskia Katharina Most: Meanwhile, it's less the fear that keeps me from doing things. It took a lot of courage to found Horizont-Blog and to face up to the public, so to speak. But it also gave me a lot of self-confidence and taught me that it's worth standing up for your goals. Rather, it's the financial reasons that keep me from doing some things. For example, I would like to do a dolphin therapy in Florida, but I just can't afford it.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Saskia Katharina Most: The biggest influence on me is still a very good friend, who unfortunately died much too early. With his attitude he showed me that you can never accept things that way. Even if things already seem good, you should constantly work on making them even better.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Saskia Katharina Most: I don't think it's enough to just do one official act. But first I would try to get people to change their minds and not to leave them alone with their fears or concerns. An open ear for people without disabilities is just as important as the concerns of people with disabilities. Of course, all the rebuilding measures are important and necessary for accessibility. However, I have rather made the experience that I am hindered much more by the carelessness of my fellow human beings than by any stairs. If the non-disabled people would be more attentive and helpful and the people with disabilities would be willing to accept this help, an obstacle is no longer a big problem. This is where we should start at kindergarten age. Small children have no fear of contact and certainly no prejudices. This is one of the most valuable qualities that should be encouraged so that they do not get lost in old age – as it is so often the case.
Saskia Katharina Most's blog is not only about her life with her wheelchair. Mainly she wants to show that there are endless possibilities in life. And beauty, fashion and lifestyle play an important role in her life.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Saskia Katharina Most: The well-being of my fellow humans, especially of course that of my family and friends. Probably I worry a lot about the worries of others. But it is very important to me to listen to people – even if they don't necessarily belong to my family or circle of friends, I find that very important.
I would like to be...
Saskia Katharina Most: ...a child again. In childhood you don't know borders. Until you have tried it yourself, almost everything seems to be possible. There are some moments when, as a blogger and author, I wish to have back this carefree, limitless way of thinking.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Saskia Katharina Most: There are a number of questions I would like an answer to. But wouldn't life be boring if you knew the answer to everything?
What I finally want to say...
Saskia Katharina Most: Time is the greatest gift. If people would stop hurrying through their everyday lives, a shopping tour for example would be much more pleasant for us wheelchair users. Unfortunately, I have often noticed that I am hindered by people who think they can somehow get past my wheelchair quickly.
What makes other people actually happy in life? If you ever wondered, you have come to the right place. In regular intervals REHACARE.com asks a varity of people always the same questions. What results from that? Read for yourself!