SOMETIMES WE ARE AFRAID OF TAKING THAT FIRST STEP AND THEN ANYTHING ELSEMARIE W.O.W.C.P.
A question like this is tricky. I was in a writer’s workshop, and I’m sure the question was direct about writing. People can take it any way they want, and I have been sitting here and thinking about what I’m afraid of. I’m scared of writing, telling, or living my story.
I write because I’m afraid of all three writing, telling, and living my story. Writing has helped with all the parts of my story; none is more important and scarier than the other. My account is about living life with cerebral palsy and all the elements that make up my story. Living with cerebral palsy is challenging and a challenge that doesn’t seem like a challenge much anymore. There were days in life I couldn’t see myself going places in life and being afraid of living because of my cerebral palsy, but on the other hand, if you take the word cerebral palsy out of the equation. I enjoy every many moments of life.
I sometimes get afraid of life; at one, I felt that time was my enemy when in reality, I was my enemy. Every time I wanted to enjoy parts of life that I should have been ready for, due to my disability, I wasn’t. However, I went for it anyway but knew I wasn’t prepared for it by not being comfortable with myself.
The following reason I write is that, as a person with a disability, if I can make a difference in one person living with or without a disability by sharing my story, I would have accomplished my job.
My story is nowhere as unique as other people’s stories with different abilities. Like every person, no matter their abilities, it’s a story of strength, resilience, determination, and perseverance.
Strength, resilience, determination, and perseverance are the things that keep me fueled in life. They see me through the difficult time. I might not like these difficult times but there who I am inside, and they are what I choose to overcome; not everyone can say that.