Would you do it if you were blind?

I came across the most incredible motto yesterday and had to share it with you right away.


This is the No Barriers Pledge created by Erik Weihenmayer. Erik started to lose his vision in his early teens and eventually went totally blind. He had to learn how to negotiate the world in this new way. For some, that would stop them cold in their tracks and send them in a downward spiral. For Erik, he saw it as an opportunity. He has so many firsts to his name it’s hard to list them all. Let’s just say he was the first blind mountaineer to ever climb and summit Mt. Everest. Okay, I don’t know about you, but as a seeing person that thought is beyond daunting. Erik rock climbs, kayaks, hikes, explores unexplored jungles, and more. The list never ends. He started an organization called No Barriers USA, among others, for people of ALL abilities to find and keep the flame alive and well in them. If you haven’t heard of him and his organization I highly recommend checking it out, and watch some of the videos of what he and others with myriad physical challenges have accomplished. It will make you wonder why you ever think you are not able to do something.



Lately, I have been entertaining those squirrels in my brain that tell me maybe I’m not cut out to be a picture book writer. Maybe I should…GASP…give up. Erik’s email and quote came at just the right time. Of COURSE I’m not going to give up! And neither should you. Whether you’re a writer, a marathon runner, a parent, a farmer, you have a physical challenge, or you’re an artist like Vashti. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY and you are worth the effort of finding it.

Life Lesson #7: Get rid of the “squirrels” in your brain that say you can’t do it. What do they know? They’re just squirrels! As Michael Jordan said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Here is a girl that did the hard work of moving beyond her (perceived) barriers to a happier self…

Vashti is my hero!

Vashti is my hero!

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Give it a try! Let me hear from you. Did you shoo away naysayer squirrels in your head? Tell me about what barrier you broke down and what was waiting for you on the other side.


3 thoughts on “Would you do it if you were blind?

  1. Just found your blog through Emma Dryden’s tweet. This is a truly inspiring post, and one I’ve bookmarked to read again. And again, if necessary. Thank you. It’s easy to quit writing. It’s hard to keep at it when there are no book contracts being offered. I suppose we keep writing because our souls need it.

    I started writing for children when my first son was born, 27 years ago. I quit writing for a time when my second son was born. I would never regret raising my sons, but I do regret quitting writing. I only got back into writing seriously after surviving a brain aneurysm rupture in 2005. By the time I recuperated and told myself to get busy writing and join SCBWI, it was 2007. So yes, what’s within me is stronger. It’s been 7 years of serious writing now and finally I’ve sold some small pieces to magazines. I work at my craft every day. Best of luck to you and thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thank you so much for sharing, Joanne. Now YOU have inspired ME! What an incredible life path. Bravo to you for being the mom you needed to be, getting stronger after a major setback, and finding your way back to what your soul needs. Can’t wait to read your books when they are published – because I KNOW they will be published. Keep on keepin’ on!

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