What a Funny T-Shirt Symbolizes About My Life With Cerebral Palsy


Earlier this week, my dad and I were talking about how I was going to complete a certain activity. I ended the conversation with, “I don’t know, but I am sure I will figure it out.” He smiled and said jokingly, “Can you just life your life as if you have a disability for one second?”

Nothing in life is certain. Things can and have changed on a dime, but it is not worth our energy to worry about it and dwell on the uncertainty that lies within ourselves. Sometimes, all we can do is hope all of the stars will align, and everything will turn out for the best. Recently, I asked a local lady from my small town of Fort Macleod to custom make me a hoodie that says: “Walking Is Sooo Overrated,” and she delivered. Initially, it was meant to be a joke. Obviously, it makes me laugh. However, it holds a metaphorical significance to me as well. I have had cerebral palsy since birth. Therefore, it is all I have ever known.

Throughout my life, there have been many times where I have envied how those around me can do everything so easily. Much of our personal perspective is shaped by our individual experiences. I am not saying I wouldn’t want to get up out of my wheelchair and run if given the opportunity, but I do know I would not be who I am today without it. I also know I can live a fantastic life with what I have been given. I have learned that just because I don’t have the ability to walk in the same way as most people, it does not mean I don’t have the ability to make footprints.

Regardless of the challenges you face, I believe you can do anything you set your mind to.

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