My Greatest Inspiration

The greatest inspiration in my life is, without a doubt, the children in it. I have seven nieces and nephews, the oldest being thirty-one and the youngest being four. I do not distinguish which ones are on my boyfriend’s side of our family and which ones are on mine… I fell in love with each of them at first sight and love them all equally.

I’m crazy about kids…I have been as long as I can remember. I think it stemmed from being the youngest of my siblings, with my brother and sister being eight and eleven years older than me. I always wanted a younger brother or sister to play with, teach things to and be able to observe their amazing growth process… Like watching a flower go from a seed to a beautiful blossom.

When I was about thirteen years old, I got my wish. I didn’t get a younger brother or sister, but if did get my first babysitting job. I became a regular babysitter for two sweetie pie kids, a little boy and a little girl. The boy was about three and the little girl was still crawling. I was in heaven.

The more time I spent with them, the easier it was for me to see why I craved children so much. Children are everything you want in an ideal human being. They say what they mean, they mean what they say, they call a spade a spade, they have no hidden agenda, they wear their heart on their sleeve and they just want to have fun! Try finding all of those inspiring qualities in people we know, including ourselves… Plenty of room for improvement in me when I compare myself with a kid.

Webster’s defines inspiration as “…someone or something that causes the state of being stimulated to special or unusual activity, or an idea or action resulting from this state.” For me, simply put, inspiration is what lights me up. What thought or image instantly brings on the feeling of passion and excitement about life?

When we start a journey in life that is new to us, inspiration is invaluable. A must. Every day you will take baby steps as a pioneer, slowly and steadily creating the new adventure you have chosen for yourself. Inevitably, doubt will creep its way in, at times the size of raindrops and other times a flood. At these times, immerse yourself in inspiration.

Living with a spinal cord injury is a journey that continues to require heavy doses of inspiration. There are times when I am filled with doubt and confusion, and I need inspiration like I need air. In the beginning of living with a spinal cord injury, I thought if I experienced any doubt or fear it would simply take over and that’s all that would exist inside me and I would forever be a coward. I had to learn that courage was not the absence of doubt or fear but instead, continuing through it to find your way on your journey and not letting it stop you.

If you hit doubt hard enough, with enough high powered inspiration, it will slowly slink away. If you have the courage to stand up to doubt with inspiration, you’ll notice as you continue on your new journey, doubt will come back less and less. And suddenly, you won’t be able to remember the last time you felt it.


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