What is my why?

For the past couple of days I have been thinking about a significant topic and I wanted to share my real emotions about it finally. This is where the subject of what is my why comes from and why I continue my journey as an author.

Honestly, this is a good question to ask yourself right while you’re in the middle of a major hurricane. Yes, for the record, I’m writing this piece with the no power and no AC, so it’s its very humid and boiling, but thankfully everybody in my family’s okay and we survived Hurricane Irma.

I have thought about the reasons why I started my journey of writing at the age of 16 when I first discovered I had a gift and a passion for writing.

I thought about my friends in the cerebral palsy community from all around the world, and I saw all their faces and all their smiles and thought this is my why. This is the reason I continue to write for eight hours a day, seven days a week.

Even through a major hurricane I still want to share my literature with you guys. In my message of inspiration to the world I feel like the more and more I write, the more awareness there is on the 17 million people that have cerebral palsy.

The more and more I write short stories and articles and books, I continue to get the rewarding feeling of my self-inspiring others, and that’s the message I want to get across.

If you do what you love and you find your reason why, life will never seem like a struggle. It will never seem difficult and you will enjoy your life to the best of your ability.

If you live with a positive mindset and an inspiring attitude, you will quickly find your why and your reason for doing what you love to do regardless of the obstacles in front of you.

I would be lying to you if I said it does not get frustrating being someone with a disability and an author at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Seeing all of the amazing CP warriors that go through so much continues to inspire me.

I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for CP dream team and the rest of the cerebral palsy community.

Until the day I die, I will never stop doing what I love because you guys – the 17 million people world wide diagnosed with CP – are my why.

Tylia Flores

Tylia Flores is a 23-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination.

One Comment

  • Kelly Douglas

    Kelly Douglas

    09/17/2017 at 5:41 pm

    This piece got me a little misty-eyed. This was incredibly powerful to read — that you wrote this in the midst of a hurricane to fulfill your “why” as a writer with cerebral palsy.

    I love how you say that the CP community is your “why.” It was a poignant reminder of just how fortunate I am to be (virtually) surrounded by people who understand. I have 17 million “whys.” The 1 in 4 people living with mental illness are also my “whys.” Tylia, thank you for writing this beautiful piece and for being one of my “whys.” I’m proud to know you! ❤️


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