On the weekends the physiotherapist isn’t available. With a determined look on her face, Mary-Jo instructs me on helping her complete every arm and neck workout she has been prescribed. Even in a wheelchair her power is unstoppable.
Mary-Jo’s arms are in a state of complete heaviness. Watching her move them and lift them from the side of her wheelchair to the top of her chest, is reminiscent of watching the look on a body builders face when he’s lifting weights in competition. The determination, the will power and the inner strength that she has is incredible. That inner strength builds up inside of her and when she accomplishes her goals it shines through her and radiates confidence. She is getting so strong in her right arm. Her left side is far more paralyzed. But even the progress in her left side since the accident is remarkable. Still no feeling from her nipple area down, but at the moment the concentration is on her upper body. When we reach the top of that mountain then we will begin to climb the next. She is constantly smiling and she has never hinted towards giving up. When I am in her presence I feel, as though there are parts of her that are not made of this world. Although I am so in awe of how human she is. Only since the accident has this become more apparent to me. Throughout my years one of the things she has represented for me is somewhat godly, more than a role model, much like a super hero, or even a saint. I know that this above average level I have placed her on isn’t one that has been acknowledged just by myself. And as I watch her re-train her body to accomplish tasks such as lifting her arms it pushes her to a whole new level. She is human. We are all just humans. My mother has always told me one thing, which I will hold true for the rest of my life. Live your life to your full potential. When we live by this one solid moral we teach ourselves to honor our life to our best ability. We honor our needs. We honor the people who love us for who we are. We honor the people who challenge us because they teach us to stay in our truth. We honor our goals and we learn from our losses. We honor that life doesn’t always work out like the perfect picture that we have in our minds. When we are true to our potential we take the positive aspect of every situation. Because even the most frightening circumstances are only challenging us to be the best person we can be in that situation.
I hold my mom in the highest regard because she constantly lives her life doing her exact best. That is how she has climbed to the top of my world. I only encourage you all to be the truest essence in yourself. Because when you lose that essence, you lose touch with your honor. And giving yourself that respect is where its starts. The respect and love will that you have for yourself will permeate onto other people. And right now I see all of that love and respect coming back to Mary-Jo. You are all rising to your full potential by being the best you can be for her. She has gained this place in peoples lives and hearts by being in her essence. A quality, which shines forward even now, in the most challenging journey she has faced.