"You can spend your entire life focusing on your scars, or proudly carry them with you as you reach for the stars"
"If I looked deeply enough into my past I could reveal a lot of joy and sorrow, but I believe that doing the best I can with what I have today will lead to even better times tomorrow."
"Lead by example, and when others discriminate take the opportunity to educate."
"My disability doesn't stand in my way...I walk hand in hand with it"
"When I lose my train of thought, I always find a way to get back on track. Usually a good melody helps to revive my memory."
"I plan on always being a trainee, it’ll allow me to be the best trainer I can possibly be."
"I don't believe in a world that should have NO barriers...if we had access to everything there would be nothing to work for and nothing to challenge us to grow as individuals and communities."
"Even though when you fall the journey becomes longer, the reward to getting up is that you become stronger."
"The person I strive to be is not confined by my disability"
"Attitude has a direct link to the choice between whether I swim or sink"
"Treat others as you want to be treated, and in the end you'll never be defeated"
"Day after day music keeps me on my feet, and I'm focused on moving forward even if I miss a beat"
© Allyson Partridge-Rios