So, here I go. First blog. First chapter. By no means my first set of wheels. This blog does what it says on the tin… I’m a budding journalist and, in case you hadn’t already guessed; I use wheels to get around.
“Why on Earth are you telling me this?” I hear you ask. Well, as a budding journalist I’m keen to write about anything and everything. With this in mind, I’ve created Written Wheel to share my stories, experiences and get to know you all along the way. My mission is to conquer the world through the art of writing and unfortunately for you, I’m dragging you along for the ride. Are you up for it?
Let me set the scene…
My mantra for life came at a very young age when I enthusiastically announced to my physiotherapist that I was going to be a ballerina when I grew up. After a few minutes of somewhat awkward silence, it was very tactfully suggested that I should think about choreography instead! The point is that ballet was not the career for me. However, had I shown a flair for it, there wouldn’t have been anything stopping me pursuing dance in some way. Know your limitations, work with them, and rise above them.
I’m told I came out of the womb as an avid curtain-twitcher and have always had a knack of stringing a sentence together. Everyone who knows me well has continuously said: “You have such a way with words, you should definitely become a writer”, or “You could write a book filled with your crazy stories”. More often than not though, the general remark is: “Stop talking about writing and just write”.
As you may be able to tell at this point, I have a habit of using a thousand words when I only need to use one. I’ve always pondered in a similar manner over life in an attempt to figure out what the meaning of it is. This goes a long way to explaining the fact that despite my writing abilities that were so apparent to everyone, I spent five years doing a Theology degree. The subject of all things ‘God’ led me no closer to the meaning of life, death or anything in between. I finally graduated last year with nothing other than a piece of paper saying I had successfully completed a course on something that might not even exist.
Cut to almost one year later, and I was busy floating through the day, as I had done for many days previously, when I received a phone call from the university asking me how I thought my degree had helped my employability. “Do you want the long or the short version?” I said. The long version, as the poor, unsuspecting woman found out, was that I had done nothing with my qualification. This was in part because I had picked a subject that was entirely irrelevant to my life, as well as my minor memory lapse which resulted in me thinking that my wobbly-legs syndrome, aka, Cerebral Palsy, made me unemployable. The short version was that I had been a bit of an idiot!
With that, the epiphany hit me; I should become a journalist and write for a living.
Having said that I deliberate over every inch of life when I really want something, I can make things happen quickly. Within a week of the idea popping into my head, I had researched, applied and have since secured my place on a Masters in Magazine Journalism at Nottingham Trent University and had found a Foundation Certificate to train myself up. I also seem to have gained a lot of ongoing work experience with various organisations on very different projects and I’m now what you could call a freelance volunteer. It’s all very chaotic, but very exciting.
I have no idea what the future holds or exactly which direction I want to go in, but I’m determined to learn my craft and be the best I can possibly be within it. I’m passionate about giving ordinary people a platform and a voice to tell their extraordinary stories and I endeavour to do so for many years to come, wherever in the world that may take me.
Back to the matter in hand. My goal with Written Wheel, other than to conquer the world, is to begin to make a dent in the barriers disabled people face as they attempt to integrate themselves into society. We’ve come a long way, but I think we still have a long way to go. The “us and them” attitude needs to dissipate between able-bodied and disabled people, and it works both ways. In all honesty, I don’t know how well this will go or which direction it will take. That said, but I hope by continuing to blog throughout my studies and career, I will provide a journal to share my experiences with you all and begin to create a network for other people to use, both for those who are in a similar position to me and for those who aren’t.
Thank you so much for reading this and sticking with me. Feel free to contact me via Blogger or any of the social media sites I post on. (I’m still getting to grips with the various sites so bear with me). If there’s anything you want to tell me or anything you think I should write about then please let me know… I don’t bite! Don’t hesitate to share this. It’ll be fantastic to see how far this can travel.