Physical vs. emotional challenges
Published: May 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM
When I went for the first time to a theme park in a wheelchair, the emotional sadness was worse than the physical limitations. It was heartbreaking to see a dad with his kid over his shoulders because it was something that I wanted to experience, and I knew that was over for me. It was devastating to see dads enjoying a theme park with their own family and knowing that I would never get the chance to have that experience. My sadness didn’t let me enjoy the theme parks to the fullest until one day I got inside the American Adventure at Epcot where something that I saw would change my perspective forever.
A young girl in her early twenties entered the theater in a wheelchair. She got to her spot, and after a few minutes she started to cry; I could see myself as if she were a mirror. I got freaked out, and I knew I couldn’t continue to be sad and not enjoy life. From that day, I decided to enjoy theme parks (and life) with what I have left. I just hope that girl came to the same conclusion.