Stop Asking if I Need Help!

Matthew B. Johnson
South of Certainty
Published in
7 min readAug 1, 2022

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A stop sign bolted to a horizontal crossbar
Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

One of the most frustrating aspects of being in a wheelchair is people constantly asking me if I need help.

The difficulty of the task I’m working to accomplish is irrelevant. If I’m doing anything in public, invariably someone will ask me if I need help with it.

It’s frustrating for two reasons.

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Matthew B. Johnson
South of Certainty

I’m a Sacramento-based writer, English professor, track coach, C-5 incomplete quadriplegic, diehard 49ers fan, comic book geek, and lover of all things coffee.