My husband and I had the pleasure of dining with an amazing young woman recently. What impressed me about this woman was her upbeat, positive attitude.
You see, this woman had a lot she could complain about. She lost her sight three years ago at the age of 27. She could easily have let that become her crutch and wallow in self-pity and depression. But she didn’t.
No, she chose to rise above her circumstances and make the best of her life. To see her, you wouldn’t know she has a visual impairment. She doesn’t walk with a cane or wear sunglasses. And she even runs marathons — with a guide or guides.
She speaks at conferences on topics such as “Blind Dating Sucks” and encourages blind and sighted people alike. Each year, she organizes and hosts “Dinner in the Dark,” where sighted guests are blindfolded for a three-course meal to experience what it’s like to be blind. She also writes a blog called “Blind Girls Can Rock Heels.”
This woman exudes passion. She is motivated, confident, and ambitious. And her joy and positive attitude are contagious.
We all face things that can get us down. But just like this woman, we don’t have to let them. We can choose to overcome our circumstances and use them to help others.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"