I have experienced a lot of things in my lifetime. The most prominent ones involving hospitals, doctors’ appointments (Ew x100 for both) cartoons, toys, three trips to Disney World, and several other memories. Three things I’ve learned for certain throughout my life are that books, unrequited love, and four-legged creatures are my best friends. Books became my friends in first grade when I picked up my first Babysitter’s Club book. I read for pleasure ever since then (when schoolwork isn’t begging to be done.) Over the years, I became intrigued (my family would say obsessed) with the works of J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Veronica Roth, and most recently, Gayle Forman. FYI, these amazing women transported you into the lives of Harry Potter, Bella Swan, Tris Prior, and Mia Hall, respectively.
Unrequited love become my friend my first day of tenth grade, there are nasty rumors our friendship began way earlier but I ignore them. I walked (rolled, really) into chemistry class, chose a seat and waited for the lecture to start. To my delight at the time, a popular, attractive upperclassman was taking the class as well. Ever since that day, I’ve harbored crushes on guys that may know of my existence but don’t bother to see the person I really am. I’m too shy and awkward to approach them. I’m starting to doubt if guys will ever see me the way I see (some of them) A girl can only dream. JUST because I’m disabled does not mean I don’t think, feel and want the same things as other female humans.
Four legged creatures have been friends of mine ever since, well birth. I’ve had seven dogs throughout my life, plus I’ve seen my aunt’s dogs and parent’s friends’ dogs countless times. At the age of 14, I began therapeutic horseback riding and I LOVE it so much. Not only are the horses and people at the barn awesome but I love the feeling of independence I experience on the horse. I have ridden 3 horses over an 8 year period. Around the time I began riding Bay, (the second horse I ever rode,) the owner of the barn purchased a handicapped saddle. It resembles the back of a wheelchair and has armrests that attach on either side. All the horses that I’ve ridden (Sierra, Bay, Nanu in chronological order) really helped me develop a sense of freedom I never knew I had. Animals, regardless of species have always been a part of my life. I feel more accepted by them than I do humans. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends (I’m talking the human kind here) but my point is I never feel judged or watched around my equine and canine friends as I do around masses of humans.