Over the past seven years I have had to be completely dependent on my family to take care of me. Since I was 16 when my injury happened, I have missed out on a lot. I never got my first car. I never went on a senior trip or to my high school prom. I’ve never been on a road trip with friends or been able to travel somewhere by myself. I would’ve loved to do all of that! I understand I can’t go back in time to do some of those things, but who’s to say I can’t make some of those things happen now? Not prom or a senior trip of course, but driving and traveling… why not?! Yes there are fears that have been holding me back, but I LOVED driving before my accident happened & traveling too!! How long am I supposed to let my fears dictate my life? I know what I need to do to get to where I want to be in life so why don’t I just do it?! I could drive. I would need to go to driving school and learn how to use hand controls, but I could drive. I could travel. I would need to find a caregiver that I can trust with my life & would enjoy taking me places, but I could travel. I have so many thoughts running through my head everyday that I feel motivated one second, and depressed the next. I just need to find the off switch on my mind somehow so I can live life more freely without the fear of failure. I heard this quote in a motivational video, “We shouldn’t fear death because dying is inevitable. We don’t have any control over that. But living a life that you’re proud of, now that you have total control over!” That is so true and ever since I heard it my mind has been telling me, “Don’t let your chance get away from you.” I’ve decided that I’m going to try my best to put all my fears aside because I believe that I deserve happiness too. How will anything change if I don’t make some changes?