Why I’m Grateful
September 23, 2012 § 1 Comment
I wrote this post a few months ago telling all of you about how having CP is the best thing ever, but I tend to have a changing perspective on the issue, so for now, here are a few, among many, reasons why life is just wonderful, and I’m so grateful for it.
Bloggers help me to see the “future me and to understand that anything is possible with a little faith. My friend, Erin, has really helped me to see that with prayer, patience, and petition, the desires of my heart will be fulfilled. It’s hard to see, with my own twin having a boyfriend that she’s dated for nearly a year and the other friends that surround me with serious relationships, that my time is coming. I’m so excited to have my own “Todd” one day and to have children who will consume my whole world. Along the same line, Kelly and her husband Scott, who have two adorable children, Harper and Hollis, have taught me that getting married and having children “later” in life is sometimes more fun. Aside from that, Kelly showed me a glimpse of what it was like for my mom to have a sick baby in the NICU when Harper was born. The faith, the strength, and the courage that she held out during that tough time is a testament to the power of prayer. Melissa and her husband “Mr. D.” , who work together as lawyers, show me the importance of fostering a healthy, happy relationship with your spouse in which you’re able to depend on each other for everything, even to be your business partner! Really, all of you have helped me to see the “light at the end of the tunnel”, and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful! So thank you. So much.
Being “hands and feet” is more of a gift than anyone could ever realize. Realizing that I’m enabling other students who will come after me and who are even experiencing college alongside me to reach their fullest potential is the greatest joy I’ve ever received. To understand that even on the days where advocacy is the hardest, students will benefit, is huge. I may cry, feel frustrated, or express anger, but one day, a student is going to smile because they got to a campus job on the weekend without requesting “special accommodation” from the transportation staff. And that will be the best and greatest feeling in all the world. The hands, the feet, and the voice for the ill prepared is a daunting job description, but someone has to do it, and it’s a joy to understand that the designated person is me!
This isn’t the end. Just because I’m graduating college soon, it doesn’t mean my advocacy efforts in different areas have to cease. In fact, in many of the career options I’m considering, including fields for graduate study, indicate that they’ll only increase ten fold. And for that, I couldn’t be more excited. I’m ready to use my God-given talents to serve the world!