Since I can remember I have been obsessed with all things wedding. I didn’t turn in a single assignment in middle school that didn’t have a wedding dress sketched on the back of it. Mamaw taught me how to use a sewing machine when I was 5, my 8th grade career project was done on retail buying, and I don’t think I’ve ever asked for something other than clothes for Christmas. Aside from having two of most incredible older brothers and never wanting a sister, I am as girly as they come. There is something about sparkle and shine that fills my heart with sunshine.
So far, I know I sound like that girl who walks around with a small dog in a purse, and won’t get my hands dirty. Don’t be fooled. Those brothers I talked about, they did their jobs. Pink dresses in the mud, playing with barbies and hot wheels was my jam. Id like to think I have the perfect blend of black nail polish and pink heels. So, don’t get me wrong, I can do both.
In the last 20 years, some how I have decided to make different dreams come true. Becoming an occupational therapy practitioner was not an over night revaluation. If you ask my brother Cameron, he will rattle off a laundry list of things I “wanted to be when I grew up” including ballerina and dog trainer. So where did OT come from. I’ll save you 15 years and cut to the chase, I interned at a life changing place called Project Walk. Not only does Project Walk change lives of those who have suffered from spinal cord injuries (SCI), it changed mine. I walked into a place where I should have seen sadness, despair, and low self esteem. I saw the exact opposite. An adaptive gym filled with extremely positive, and motivated people taking the hand they had been dealt in life, and handling it!
I want to be an OT when I grow up, so that people who think there is no hope, can find it again. Parents who have babies that are born with complications need to know that it’s still their baby. They will love you for being their mommy and daddy. Be the strength they need and just love them. There is no real reason why a baby born with a complicated life ahead should be treated any differently than that of a child who is “normal”. Becoming an OT is my way of helping the babes who have been dealt a tough hand, and being apart of their success in life. Im not saying that all disabilities are no big deal, Im saying that they are all tough, and an absolute struggle, but God gives the hardest challenges to his strongest soldiers. I just want to be the General who helps lead those soldiers to victory. And who knows, maybe ill leave a little glitter along the way.