Some Things Happen For A Reason

I often get asked how hard my life is with only one hand, a waiter even once told me “You don’t understand how much you’re missing out on”. For some reason, the world assumes that my “disability” is something of a negative difference, it only holds me back. But I will hold up my hands (or hand) and swear on my life that I would never want two hands in my life, even if someone could magically make one appear tomorrow, it’s not something I’m interested in.

So I’m watching the movie ‘Stronger‘ following the true story of Jeff Bauman (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) and the Boston Marathon bombing. And I thought to myself if I lost my arm similarly to Jeff’s legs during the bombing, would I have the same answer to the magic appearing second limb? Probably not. But would I be the person I am today with the two hands? Absolutely not.

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I truly believe some things happen for a reason, and I think being born with a disability happened to me for a reason. It doesn’t define me and I’m sure I’d be very similar to the person I am today if I was born with the two but it’s definitely added to me as a human. It’s made me more determined, more competitive, more outgoing and 100% more open-minded. And it’s definitely made me realize that it’s all about what you do with what you have, it doesn’t matter what you’re missing. Whether it’s Jeff Bauman sharing his intimate story “stronger” and educating the world about his experience, or using your voice to create change like Malala Yousafzai, you are you for a reason, so do what you want to do unapologetically and share your story with the world, because it might just make someone think and thinking creates change.


Top-Fred Perry by Bella Freud // Trousers-ASOS // Watch-Casio

Photos by Henry Mandeville

Thank you to Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK for sponsoring this post.
Stronger is out now on Digital download, DVD & Blu-ray today.

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8 thoughts on “Some Things Happen For A Reason

  1. This was actually really interesting. I often wonder (somewhat similarly) what I would be like without some of the difficult events I’ve had to face. I would certainly be different, but I’m not sure if necessarily in a positive way. Also the movie sounds really good so I might have to check that out! Plus it’s really cool that you have a sponsored post for your blog 🙂


    1. Yes, with this idea it definitely comes with negetives and positves, but life is all about learning and I think we all learn from the bad as well as the good. Thankyou! It means so much to me that a company loved my blog enough to sponsor it, it meant I was finally able to pay my brother for all the photos he takes for me blog 🙂 -G,x


  2. This is a great post! I always try to use my experiences and turn them into something positive because like you I think things happen for a reason ☺️ none of us would be who we are right now if anything in our lives had been slightly different, and although my journey has been tough, I try to look at the positives and keeping a Gratitude Journal helps x


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