H O L A
Wanted to share some background on me, a snapshot of my life story up until this point. Some of it’s relevant, some of it’s not, but overall knowing a bit about who I am will help you truly get the most out of my blog. My name is Chelsea Bear and I’m a 27 year-old Florida native. I reside in Fort Lauderdale and spend my free time hitting up local breweries, going to the pool or beach, traveling, watching live music, drinking wine or simply creating unforgettable memories with my loved ones.
Seems pretty basic, #amiright? Well, one thing that will make this whole blog idea I had make sense is that I was born with Cerebral Palsy. For those who don’t know me in person, basically, I have a walking disability. I drag my feet when I walk and often get winded walking from my apartment to parking garage. I lose my balance easily and like to think I’ve mastered the art of falling. The motto “fall down seven times, stand up eight” has always resonated well with me. 😉 Cue the intro of my scooter. For long distances – or just a night out on the town – you can find me riding my trusty mode of transportation when my body fails me. I call him Scootz. With the patience of my family and friends, the ability to own a scooter and my own self-perseverance, I live my life to the fullest ability and strive to do anything I set my mind to.
Now, if only it was all that simple. If I’m being honest, I’ve never really dived into all of the negative connotations that are slapped on my forehead for having a visible disability. Or how they’ve truly impacted myself, and even the lives of those around me. I wouldn’t classify this as selfish, just strongly letting the mindset of not letting anything hold me back really take the front seat of my thoughts. I look at the positives of every single situation and know that’s an attribute I’ll always carry, but also know I need to get real with myself.
Purpose of this whole thing? Well, I guess you can say I’ve always enjoyed life with a hint of denial, hoping to be accepted by all I cross paths with. This blog will be a journey for both myself and my readers, as I internally accept who I am, my disability, how the world reacts, and so much more.
While the overarching theme will be about my experience of living with a physical disability, I plan to write about various topics and adventures I experience – trust me they are one-of-a-kind. Along with some motivational tips, interviews with people in my life, and my fave spots locally in South Florida or afar during my travels.
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