But on my path to reach you, I promise to grab every opportunity with both hands, to say yes as often as I can, to take risks, to scare myself stupid, and to have a shitload of fun.
-Comedian and disability advocate, Stella Young, letter to her 80-year old self
There’s no better way to kick off the next three months of talking about TAKING RISKS than with this quote. It captures how we should ALL live – taking opportunities, saying a big YES to life, taking risks – even those that even scare us, and of course, having loads of fun. If we don’t do those, what kind of life are we living and what will we say to our 80-year old selves?
Sadly, Stella did not get to meet her 80-year old self. She passed away from what is believed to be an aneurysm at the too young age of 32. There was so much more we could have learned from her about LIVING with disability.
A couple years ago, I wrote about Stella Young and her captivating TED talk, “I’m Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much” about how people with disabilities aren’t inspiring for just living their life in the post Are we really inspiring?
Just a month before she died, her eloquent letter to her 80-year old self was published. Please read it and allow it to ask you these three crucial questions about TAKING RISKS TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT?
- At 80 years of age, what’s the life you want to look back on LIVING? Today is the time to create it.
- What places in your life does your disability hold you back from going to? Go to them NOW, look for the tiniest of openings.
- What do you want to EXPERIENCE in life more than having the fear of failing? That, my friend, is your launching pad for your deepest dreams.
We’ll be breaking down these questions in the next few weeks with some tips and action steps.