December 22, 2021
The word “disability” gives me the ability to see life in a different way, it does not matter when I cross the finish line but the fact that I am still in the race is all that matters. I may not be the fastest, strongest, or smartest but I have overcome some pretty big battles and to me that is much more important than being first to win a race. I value the small things in life like being able to walk inside of a store because there are much sicker children than me who will never get to experience that. I also try to remember to live in the moment and to not take things for granted because I was once unable to move my legs and I’m beyond thankful that I was given the chance to get back up and try again. When I think about my past I used to always wonder “why me.” Sometimes I would cry myself to sleep because there were things I just couldn’t do and it ripped me to shreds. Yes, I could be negative and depressed all day but that honestly won’t help me achieve my dreams. When I wake up in the morning I try to think of something to look forward to, whether it’s getting my homework done so I can watch my favorite tv show or planning to go out and take some pictures to post on Instagram. Finding things to look forward to in the week has really helped me move forward in life. Of course I have days where I don’t want to try or when my body feels super weak but I am writing to show you that you can overcome your battles with the right mindset and attitude. I am far from perfect but I’ve never been happier in life than I am right now even though I am living with lifelong adjustments I have no control of.