Happy New Year to All! I hope it's filled with health and happiness!!
A few days ago I was privileged to watch Soul Surfer for the first time. If you aren't familiar with Bethany Hamilton, she was a shark attack victim that left her with only one arm. It wasn't until I saw her maneuver EXACTLY how I do with certain tasks as cutting food, buttoning pants, and making every adaption needed without giving up, that I realized I was inspired by her. Typically, everyone says that about me, but I rarely get to be inspired by others with the same differences. I get to actually learn new things, which is amazing! Now, by no means will I go jump on a surf board without some sort of knowledge, but it isn't out of the question.
Going back a few more days, I encountered a young man with the same hands as myself at church, also around the same age (...and quite cute). You may be wondering why I get so excited about this type thing, but typically the only people I meet with physical differences are really young or much older...which is awesome, but in order for me to teach others, I need to learn from others in the same type boat! It isn't often I get to interact with someone who understands the way our world works, in the same generation.
So, after I thought about how many things and places I have not done or been, with less fortunate kids who need a mentor, the new year only brings hope I can do and share those events with the ones who look up to me for help and hope. This is the year I graduate from college, start a new career, and hopefully reach out to so many new people at home a abroad. Everyone can reach a goal, whether it's to tie your shoe for the first time or get all A's in school. You don't need to have one arm and 2 fingers to reach it. Big or small, decide what YOU want this year and decide how you will accomplish it.
If you can dream it, you can do it! Now get out there!
Love to All,