January 20th is more than just another day to me. This year it marks 16 years of being paralyzed. It is my “Life” day. Every year I celebrate this day because it has made me the person I am today. I'm proud to say that I was able to accept my purpose in this life, even through adversity, it has made me stronger and it has motivated me to live my purpose to help others. When I was first injured, I decided early on that I was going to win, not my paralysis, and I was going to find the positive in every negative, even on my darkest days. There are many moments in life, some are subtle and others are so big, you can never forget them, but it's what you do after those moments that define who you become.
This year, I'm asking everyone to help me celebrate, not only my life, but anybody else that you know who is living with a disability, that overcome challenges daily, embracing life’s moments. January 20th is also the International Day of Acceptance, and I am so proud to be able to share my "Life" day commemorating my good friend, Stevie Hopkins's dream and movement of embracing diversity, educating, and empowering through adversity. To find out more about the 3E Love movement, and what you can do in your communities, visit: www.dayofacceptance.com
And lastly, thank you to everyone in my life that has believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. Love to all... #DayofAcceptance