Motivational author and speaker, Mafalda Ribeiro talked to SAPO TeK about how she has the help of social networks to prove that it is possible to smile, even if permanently on wheels. In a world where he considers that, in general, there are many innovations that are helping people with reduced mobility, Mafalda believes that the problem lies in the way they are distributed, talking about a long way to go.
Imperfect osteognesis poses many obstacles for Mafalda Ribeiro. Hereditary disease, commonly known as glass bone disease, means broken bones, permanent pain and the need to move around in a wheelchair for life. In this context, Mafalda Ribeiro has a profession with a well-defined mission and purpose: to transmit messages of hope, showing through my storytelling that the impossible is just an exaggeration for the difficult.
And for the woman who defines herself as a woman with 97 cm boundless faith, social networks reveal herself to be a tool that facilitates the dissemination of the message that it is possible to smile, even if permanently on wheels. However, Mafalda Ribeiro makes it clear from the outset that by sharing the content its truth, and for this reason it is worth what it is worth, not being produced` to achieve anything.
At a time when the Government has already admitted that it will monitor Internet hate speech, Mafalda Ribeiro believes that we have reached an era in which we do not know how to use our individual freedom responsibly, referring to a song by singer Sara Tavares where it says: "I know I can do everything, but not everything suits me". In the case of social networks, the problem of hate words that are almost always words that the wind does not take, he considers.
Bullying, racism, prejudice, xenophobia and so much gratuitous psychological violence that kids are increasingly targeted at start, take shape and organize themselves on the Internet, behind a screen where we are all heroes, he considers. Therefore, Mafalda believes that someone has to be more attentive and stop this.
The problem of hate words in the speeches that proliferate on social networks that are almost always words that the wind does not take, says Mafalda Ribeiro
Mafalda claims not to have haters. I think there is a certain defiance and they never attacked me, even when I position myself more objectively on a more fracturing theme of society, he says. On the other hand, the freelancer guarantees that she does not feed polemics at others' homes and wisely chooses the causes she defends and the battles she wants to fight. So make your point of view clear about sharing on social media: we can have an opinion on everything, but we don't always have to make it public.
Gagdgets that Mafalda uses: a big difference in the daily life of a person with reduced mobility
When asked about the technological equipment he uses, Mafalda Ribeiro guarantees that he uses the basics and that everyone uses them. However, and clarifying that there are things that those who do not have mobility problems enjoy for pleasure, some heat or comfort, for people like Mafalda Ribeiro, gadgets are a way to be able to do things that without technology, they might not do at all.
The freelancer gives the example of the video call applications that came to facilitate all the logistics of leaving home to have, for example, a 20 minute meeting in the center of Lisbon. As well as everything that was created to shorten distances is incredible for those who are not autonomous in terms of mobility, he says.
"For people like me (gadgets) they are a way to be able to do things that without technology, I probably wouldn't do at all"
The possibility of reading newspapers online was also one of the highlights of Mafalda Ribeiro, who, to read the paper version daily, someone needed to bring them. Reading newspapers online helped me immensely not only having to go to the kiosk to buy it daily, which did not happen, unless someone brought it, he also explains. The fact that there are newspapers that, when opened and clad, are literally bigger than Mafalda was also not at all favorable.