Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Perfectly Imperfect



The reflection of a 30 something trying to make a difference, find brilliance, wear heals & look fabulous every single damn day!

Back on October 13, 1992 I was fighting for my life after becoming paralyzed from a car accident, I never would have thought that  this many years later I would be a successful teacher who believes in herself and makes a difference in the lives that she meets everyday!

My situation has led me to discover things about myself that I would not have before. I am proud not only of what my disability has taught me, but also of where it has taken me + whom I have met along the way. People have stayed + people have went about their way and left my journey.

So much in my life is because of this injury. No, life isn't perfect, but it wasn't perfect before I used a wheelchair either! Over time I have come to realize... It wasn't me who changed... It was my perspective! Being a gal that uses a wheelchair has reminded me to appreciate the little things in life such as being able to get out of bed each morning and enjoy the fresh air. I have begun to realize, it is not what I do in life that matters. It is who I am inside that truly defines the real me.

I have met people in my life that are blantenly uncomfortable around.  So be it I say.  Deal with your own feelings, in your own time.  

Recently I came across a man that took me by surprise.  Not because he was uneducated or unaware but because he seemed really sorry for me.  Like I could have never really lived a full life.  True story....If it takes being divorced at a young age to live a life, count me out!  Dude, feel sorry for yourself.

Having said all of this, I didn't get here overnight. It took me a bunch of years to come to grips with the gravity of it all. It took a great support system of family and friends, a belief in myself, an ungodly number of margaritas and a deeply engrained sense of humor. All that I have going for me defuses the all-consuming desire to lash out, to find and affix blame.
You don't need to walk to fall in love, to get married, have kids, get a degree, go to work or be a successful leader. Whatever you want to do, you don't need to walk to write, paint, take in a ballgame, go hunting, scuba diving, whatever. 

Napoleon said, "struggle is a decided advantage, for it awakens within you attributes which would otherwise forever lie dormant."

walking is over-rated


  1. You rock my world, my sweet friend. Well said!! You are a powerful woman indeed!! Love ya! xoxo

  2. Love ya Laura babes! Can't wait have some photos by ya babes...you make me totally all smiles here in Kansas! Love ya sweets!!

  3. Honey I cant even imagine what you have been through in life, but to see you now, you are beautiful, happy, sweet, amazingly artistic, and you dont let anyone or anything get in your way. I absolutely admire you for that! You are a great inspiration and im greatful to call you my friend! Love you Girl!!