The world sees everyone differently - from things you can control, like how you treat others and the way you dress, to things outside of your control, like where you grew up, the color of your skin, and any medical conditions you were born with. Whether we like it or not, all of these things shape the opinions of those around us. You may have never spoken to someone in your entire life, but they could already have an idea in their mind of what you are like.
The concept of the world seeing us in certain ways is the subject of a recent PSA about World Down Syndrome Day. According to their website, WDSD seeks to "help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities." The global awareness day has been held on March 21st of every year since 2012. Why March 21st? The date, 3/21, is meant to symbolize the triplication of the 21st chromosome, which is what causes Down syndrome. But just because it isn't the 21st of March doesn't mean we shouldn't spread awareness of the remarkable members of our society with Down syndrome.
Here, we are offered a glimpse into the life of Anna Rose, a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who has Down syndrome. She currently attends college, works part-time at a physical therapy center, and plays sports with the Special Olympics. Anna sees herself as a well-rounded person who's going to go on to do great things. So, the only question left is, how do you see Anna?