In life sometimes we say things to others in a ”dare” to see if they will even commit. One day I was texting a guy friend to explain why sometimes I’m not phased by certain people’s comments or compliments due to my life being in a wheelchair.
I was explaining to my girlfriend last night upon her visit from New Orleans that I dared my guy friend to jump into my other wheelchair and roll around with me for a day and see how people perceive and treat you while being in a wheelchair. To my surprise, she wanted to take up the dare and so we did the following day.
Today, my girl Meredith and I rolled out of my cozy home and rolled into my van to head to California Pizza Kitchen to meet my ”Push Girl” Mia for lunch. We were dropped off by my brother Jon and I told Meredith she couldn’t ”cheat” and get out of the chair and she had to keep her legs still the whole entire time of the experience. She agreed.
As soon as we rolled into CPK, she witnessed how people looked at her and I watched her body language shift as we entered the establishment. At first our waiter had a hard time making eye contact, until we joked and eased his nerves down to allow him to know we were just three girls out to lunch and having fun.
After the meal, bill paid and tip left we proceeded to head to the mall for more exploration, fun, and tease. Up the elevator, store to store, glide upon roll, couple silly glances, smart remarks, shifts, stares, darted eyes, and jokes amongst us…Meredith was absorbing the ”wheel life”. The destination, GODIVA. We rolled in, approached the counter and mmmmmmmmmmmm Chocolateeeeeeeee heaven. We each picked our truffle of choice, Mia and I received a GODIVA card, and then it turned out to be a small world for Meredith and the gentleman behind the counter named Will because he was related to her close ”stunt” girlfriend from the eastcoast. Later, Meredith shared with Will she too was a stunt woman and wasn’t truly paralyzed but was following through with a dare I had wished upon a friend. He found our experiment interesting and asked Meredith about her insight. She shared.
Later we headed out, couple more stores and then off to our ”drop off” spot to meet Jon. As the ladies and I sat in our wheelchairs side by side waiting to go downstairs. The elevator finally opens up, and out rolls the smallest little wheelchair seated with a darling angel wearing fashionista glasses and pushing the chair was her beautiful mom. We each gasped and lit up as we witnessed a real life push girl before us. I asked her named and she replied…Sammie B. We smiled, giggled, compared her chair to Mia’s and then they began to roll away.
Some ”force” within my belly tickled…I looked at Mia who I knew felt the same instinct to ”connect” and I called out to the mommy walking away. I humbly whispered to her that we had a show called Push Girls and unbeknownst to us she had seen it with her husband. She asked for a picture and our wonderful engagement was sealed. I shared with Meredith what makes our life rewarding are the miraculous little encounters we can have and share with others who walk in the same or similar shoes. Its that common denominator. That spirit.
The ”coincidence” and of course to me there are none…later in the night I receive a call and email from Mia that her friend has a friend who placed a post on Instagram about meeting the Push Girls.
Let’s just say…Meredith had a chance to roll in my shoes in every aspect…the good, the bad, and the sexy but most of all she had a chance to witness things do happen for a reason…the little special encounters that make it all worth it.
See the Beauty in Everything and Blessings Manifest Effortlessly before you Grand or Small. Truly realize things happen for a reason…sometimes we never know why but majority of the time you are lead down these little adventures to later understand why. Life is a blessing full of beautiful treasures. Embrace them…always.
Peace and Compassion,