I was born with a rare form of spina bifida, having to kneel in a wheelchair instead of being able to sit.
But that is not who I am.
For most of my life, I refused to be defined by the limitations other people see when they look at me. I am fortunate to say, I am surrounded by people who value me and forget about the wheelchair.
Still, I was facing a lot of “you can´t,” “you won´t,” “you shouldn´t.”
When I was in school, I got told by a job adviser that there are no journalists in a wheelchair. I published my first article in a daily newspaper shortly after the discouraging conversation.
When I got told by my parents I could not travel alone, I went to Paris with a friend, and these days experiencing great contentment being in an unfamiliar country all by myself.
Whenever I get told I cannot do something because I am in a wheelchair, I answer by doing.
„Don´t accept what other people tell you about yourself“