The Little Things

It always occurs to me, maybe more than it does to many people that the little things in life mean the most. The actual ability to move ones body, to clap your hands, to point, to tell someone a story, to have the ability to do just about anything you want to do; seems simple enough right? Well for people that have head injuries, from whatever source they may have acquired a TBI; these things that we may take for granted are huge and wondrous. To me just waking up and being able to have a good cup of coffee that I have made myself is a joy I savor every morning. This… this action I am doing right now, writing; well this is a amazing gift. There was a time in my recovery after my Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that I could not do this. I had to learn to write all over again. At age nine I had to go back to the beginning and I was just so very lucky to be able to do most everything that I had done before my victimization and head injury. So now I look very closely at the smaller things in life, how a small, kind gesture can make me smile, how I hold a pen to ho wit feels to move a pencil across a sheet of paper and then there is my laughter and my sometimes annoying booming voice, these beautiful amazing things, I can do!

This brings to something today that moved me to tears. Something that I thought was so amazing and I am sure I am not the only one in the world who watched and cried, tears of joy, I watched the news and listened very carefully to Millala as she spoke to the United Nations Youth Convention not more than a year after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for just wanting and education. She spoke so brilliantly that one can hardly believe that she is only sixteen and if you hadn’t heard her story for a year you would not know that she had been shot in the head.

She suffered a brain injury and she too had to learn how to live again. I noticed only the slightest alteration in her voice, the slightest difference in how her mouth moved. But that is because she too struggled not just to live but to fight for what she lost after a violence. I am not being critical it’s the little things that I see that many may not because I can relate.

She is an amazing young woman. She will change the world and how we look at not just violence or traumatic brain injuries or education but how we view woman and children and how important everyone’s voice is! I am happy tonight because she became more amazing by the thing that was supposed to kill her. She lives in spite of the odds and so do I!


Live Life so you never have to say," I should have..." I have lived like this, because at age 9, I was brutally beaten while walking to school and acquired a head injury with a seizure disorder and a lifetime of recovery. I live in spite of what everyone believed I would become. You wouldn't know any of this if you saw me or spoke to me. we are some of the many anonymous people living with disabilities in the world. I am a writer and an avid observer of the human condition and I have found that people with TBI are some of the most misunderstood and under funded groups of people with disabilities, I want to change that. I have advocated for people's rights for most of my life years in the human service field and I'm trying to make a difference through education. I hope to inspire people to live well against all odds and the status quo. Be Unique and be who you are and not who others want you to be. Be FREE!
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4 Responses to The Little Things

  1. Terri Straut says:

    It is wonderful Amy. Glad to see you blogging. I love you!


  2. Sorry folks I am still learning how to do this and this is not the version of this blog I wanted to press. I had revised and edited it 5 times and it was PERFECT and I spent a lot of time making sure it was excellent. Now it is ok but not Great as I had it. I will work on this medium and get it one day. Please keep following. Thank you all.


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