I read an article last week about a new British TV series called The Undatables, which examines the world of dating and the disabled. It explores the difficulties that people with physical and mental disabilities can have with things that others take for granted — like meeting people and forming relationships. As part of an organization that values community so strongly, this struck a chord with me.
What’s interesting is that, while the show’s concept revolves around people with “handicaps,” I’ve known people who have been undateable for entirely different reasons. Some are incapacitated by substance abuse. Others are paralyzed by past trauma. Still others are simply struggling to figure out who they really are. In the end, it’s not even about dating, but struggling to find community in general.
And so it seems that we all have something in common — the capacity to find ourselves without community, even when we’re surrounded by people every day. POTSC believes that second chances start with community, and without it, grace tends to be far too scarce.
Shows like The Undateables remind me that there are people hurting for relationships all around us. If you’re one of those people, know that you are among friends. Your story matters, your pain matters, and YOU matter.
What’s the un_____ you struggle with? Share it below, and let’s see if we can’t strengthen our community this very day.