Growing older

Sometimes, I like to be nostalgic and think back on my younger years. Warning: That happens when you become my age. It is not that you miss being younger, but it is fun to look back and see how you have changed. When I was younger, I did not believe my parents when they told me that you change as you mature and grow older. Being young and not really knowing much about the world, I just thought that change was impossible.

When I look back on all my old memories on Facebook, I am shocked to know just how wrong I was. When I look back on posts from 2009, I cannot believe I was the same person. I found that I was complaining constantly, whether it was about a nagging pain in some area of my body or being bored and tired of being in my house. I fully believe this was because I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to do with my life. I was miserable and did not even see it then because back then, that was the norm for me. It makes me both sad and grateful to see how much I have changed. For example, I presently have no more time to be bored. Between all my submissions for different blog companies, library books, and uncolored pictures, I have a ton to keep myself busy. I have the habit of making sure I am doing something productive unless I am having a bad pain day or don’t feel well. Otherwise, you will find me at my desk working on something. I no longer spend time thinking about the things I do not have. Rather, I concentrate on my gifts and the talents I was blessed with. I am so grateful for all the platforms that are allowing me a chance to showcase my writing and getting it seen.

Lately, I have seen just how impactful my writing can be. I have been recognized in many ways from having my story featured on Facebook not once but twice and also, I have been a featured contributor in the mighty newsletter. I spent so much time dreaming of the day when people would be impacted by my writing, I am absolutely thrilled to see that it is working. If at least one person was inspired by reading what I had to share, I know my job and purpose is being utilized. There is truly no better feeling! Remember: Another person can help you along in your journey, but you are the only person who can make the biggest changes. Change both begins and ends with YOU.

Karla Culbertson

Karla is a 33 year old independent writer. She is wheelchair dependent due to Cerebral Palsy, chronic pain, and hip dysplasia, but she does not let that stop her from enjoying life. It is Karla's goal in life to inspire and uplift others. She loves writing positive blog posts that may have the potential of inspiring others and bettering their lives.

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