this post on my good friend Steven Gantt's blog, did it hit me as to what it was.
Steven was talking about obstacles he faced in his life and then went on to say, "Stop your pity party, I’m alive so it’s okay."
With a huge smile on my face, I thought, yes, that is what it is. I don't want your pity party either!
Having lived my entire life with my physical disability I know nothing different. This is how my life has always been, and to tell you the truth, I have completely rocked it!
Every so often I will encounter a person that I can tell simply feels sorry for me. . .and it DRIVES ME CRAZY! First of all, I don't feel sorry for me, so you shouldn't either.
This is how I look at life. . .there is a purpose for me being in this chair. It may not be abundantly clear as to why I am, but there is a purpose. Maybe it is so I can be the strength for others in my similar situation who need a little inspiration. Maybe it is so I can help to break the stereotypes of those with disabilities because I refuse to be labeled. Maybe it is so when someone is feeling defeated (disabled or not) they can look at me and say, "Wow, if she can do it, so can I." Or maybe it is none of those things. Maybe it is because God knew that despite all the challenges I would face, He had provided me with enough spirit that I could handle this life.
I don't look at my life as a burden; I look at it as a blessing, challenges and all. I love that I have been able to break down barriers and overcome obstacles and I look forward to whatever life brings me in the future, and sharing all the excitement with all of you!