"Be your better self...tomorrow"
Everything I do, I do with a chip on my shoulder, when people hear I am an amputee, they immediately put me in the disabled box, but I am not disabled, I am uniquely abled. The main reason I write, teach, and speak with others is because I have a story to tell. I have been through a very tumultuous experience at a young age, but I am thankful for that trying time in my life because it made me who I am today. I have met so many amazing people who have it so much worse than I do and I have also met people who have it much better than I do. That is why I think it's important for us to realize that everyone goes through life shaping experiences, and I will never tell anyone that my experience is harder or more trying than their own. I tell my story so people can realize that sometimes life sucks, and sometimes you don't want to go on, that happens all the time. The important thing is to realize that you do have the ability to succeed; you just have to find that motivation. Some days I HATE being an amputee, I get angry, I get emotional, and sometimes I can spend an entire day in bed. Many days I am in physical pain, and I know that pain isn't going to disappear because *SPOILER*, my leg isn't going to grow back! I tell people, be your better self...tomorrow! There is nothing wrong with understanding that we cannot be our best selves everyday, sometimes we can't walk with our heads held high, and sometimes we may even have to learn to crawl on our way to learning how to live.