Whether big or small, people face challenges everyday. These challenges can become roadblocks: some they can easily step over, some they can navigate around, and others are just too high to climb on their own. Ever since I started writing about my life, my goal was to show people that no matter what “roadblock” they may be facing, there’s always a way to get past it, even if you have to go straight through it head-on.
Despite difficulties and challenges that everyone experiences I like to turn it around and focus on a different side of things – a better one. Mostly by trying to inspire others and encourage them to go on no matter what their circumstances. It also shows that people are never alone in their situations. I suppose that’s why I don’t mind sharing my story with others.
Actually, I quite enjoy answering any questions people may ask, even if those questions are personal. Hearing their comments and reactions to my answers always starts interesting conversations. I would rather have someone ask me a question than stare and wonder. It’s human nature to be curious, and I’m happy to educate and raise awareness about my situation. One of my goals in life is to inspire as many people as possible.
My accident has changed my life forever. For me I feel like it’s been changed for the better. When I have done speeches at schools, one of the most common questions asked is if I could go back to not have it happen would I. My answer is always no and that shocks people. My accident has made me a stronger person. I had to grow up fast and have met amazing people along the way. It’s made me appreciate life and not take things for granted. Yes, it can be hard at times but I’ve learned to live through it and hope for the best.
Since my accident I have always thought of myself as a person with a disability – never the other way around. I always strive to look at the positive and even on my down days I try to find a glimmer of hope. This is my nature. This is who I am, and I’m happy to share it.