Learning to Live With It
From where I sit today I am forced to look at life from a place I never expected or wanted to be; totally paralyzed from the shoulders down, sitting in a chair that I drive by blowing and sucking in a straw, typing this book one letter at a time with a mouth stick. I never wanted to be here. I never wanted to be in a wheelchair and I never wanted to be a writer. Nevertheless, here I sit, because of one seemingly small decision to dive off a boat dock on July 15, 1991, at the age of 19.
Acceptance was not a quick, easy process. God used many truths, people and experiences to teach me some big life lessons. The way He used little people was nothing short of miraculous.
From a 5th grader named Miranda I learned to look beyond my limitations for things I could do instead of focusing on all the things I could not do. Through a 2nd grader named Alicia I saw that giving what I have to give is more important than what I have to give. Sierra’s out of control ride on my wheelchair ended up being the incident God used to teach me the key to trusting Him. While my 3 year old brother’s response to a bird pooping on my shoulder, challenged me to not only accept my paralysis, but really learn to “live with it.”
Kevin Olson is a motivational speaker and the author of “Learning to Live With It”
His presentations and his book, “Learning to Live With It,” are life-changing, inspiring and motivating. Kevin is available for speaking engagements, book signings, and more. Please contact him if you have questions or want to schedule a time for him to come speak to your group. He speaks to all ages in many settings. He is always willing to work with you, considering the purpose of the event and the message you would like to convey.
Kevin’s life motto is “Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are, and don’t worry about the rest.”