"Be Not Afraid”
Be not afraid of your excellence.
Excellence takes courage.
make a mountain shout for joy,
You take pride in who you are
it’s time to look fear in the eyes, tell it that you are a champion.
You shall no longer allow fear to delegate your experience.
You are brave and you are strong.
The days of mistreatment are long gone.
Be not afraid of the power that you possess,
The power of kindness, gentleness and most importantly respect.
We are Special Olympics athletes, we may not always win gold but the bigger prize is that we rise.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Rock your confidence like no other.
Had my head shaved when I was younger, my head scarred, my stomach has the wounds of who Hydrocephalus thought I was.
“You are ugly” I would hear, and it would bring me to tears.
Black and Indian, they make me, who I am.
Years later, I let my long hair down.
Put on a cold shoulder, and my tattoo say peekaboo.
Hip- hugger jeans to outline my hourglass.
Ruby red paint would line my lips.
Made my own earrings, to let the world know I’m making a statement.
I still have, Hydrocephalus, Low Vision,
I am beautiful as I am, my scars, imperfections, and disabilities give me confidence.
“ Marching Strong”
I know, I have always
Normalcy was never an option.
At the age of 26, I earned my heroes cape.
When I opened my heart to the possibilities , I was able to save the day.
I have Autism, a unique gift.
Sometimes it may look different to others, but if so I don’t want to be the same.
I want to play by my own rules, and create my own games.
I have released and let go of the shame of what it means to be different.
Those of us with Autism we are heroes, our hearts shine bright to the call to love one another.
As we stand together we are brave and strong.
April is national Autism month so, we will keep marching strong.
I have lived several lives,
And still I don’t think you understand.
My impact is nothing that has been done before and I still dare to dance.
A waltz with differences and i’ll tango with adversity.
I may have been called out, that’s fine because you’ll never be like me.
I’ve dealt with autism and flawed vision.
My struggle has been apparent from day one but my strength comes from within.
I’ve lived several lives, I've been through the worst of it.
21 brain surgeries are only the tip of the iceberg, until you keep chipping away you’ll find a cancer diagnosis just waiting in the wings.
So I’m up to the challenge I’ve made my battle cry. I refuse to be silent.
I will not deny that my life has been traumatic because my destiny is huge.
Not everybody is chosen to live several lives.