First, thank you for your interest in Freedom is the Dream! My name is Wesley, and I’m an aspiring entrepreneur who is also a quadriplegic. I’m paralyzed from the chest down with very limited use of my arms, yet I know I can help run and operate a successful business despite my physical limitations. Some might wonder how that could be possible but it all comes down to one word, teamwork. Through this blog and the help of my girlfriend, Kat, we plan to meet and interact with others who want to be a part of something bigger than just one person. Together, as a team, we can create something that is beneficial to many. From experience and observation, I’ve come to believe most people reach their full potential with the help of others.
Since many people are probably curious about how I became disabled, let me take a moment to explain. At the age of five, I was on a bicycle and just happened to enter an intersection at the same time as an automobile. This resulted in an unfortunate collision that I don’t remember, and I eventually woke up to a whole new world. This was a world you hope nobody has to live in, especially a five-year-old child. I won’t go into the gory details but it’s safe to say my body was a mess. After six months of healing and being told I would never walk again, I was finally able to go home and begin my life as a “quad” (I’m so grateful my mother wouldn’t let the-powers-that-be put me in an institution!).
Fortunately, even after everything that happened, I still saw the world through a child’s eyes. I was blessed to have my mind intact still (We didn’t wear helmets back then.), and my disability wasn’t going to stop me from playing with other kids and having fun. I just wanted to live my life to the fullest like any other kid so my family did their best to make sure I did. I was even able to attend mainstream schools growing up. As a result, I worked with a lot of inspiring people throughout my formal education who encouraged me to go after my dreams. Once I had achieved my first set of straight A’s in the sixth grade, I was hooked on success and the feeling it gave me. With a lot of hard work from that point on, I went on to graduate from high school and entered college on the Deans List. If I could keep it up, I was positive I would achieve my teenage dream of becoming a successful business owner.
Now don’t get me wrong, my life hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine through the years. There have been many trials and tribulations along the way. Some of them have been the result of my disability and my health. Others have been the result of family struggles and poor choices we all seem to make from time to time. My immediate family has always been pretty poor or in the lower middle class, living paycheck to paycheck. We were even on welfare when times were really tough. Through all the stress and hardships I’ve faced, however, I have always been able to stay positive and lift myself back up. I know there are people with far worse troubles than mine, and I try not to take the good in my life for granted.
That being said, I have yet to achieve all I set out to when I was younger. I didn’t end up finishing my college education for a number of reasons. At some point after that, I entered a state of limbo and relative “safety,” or a comfort zone that I’ve been stuck in ever since. Due to my disability, I’ve always had to rely on some form of government assistance for my care and medical needs. Now that I’m on my own, I rely solely on government assistance for my survival, but now that has to change. This is not the life I dreamed of for myself or my family so I created this web site as a starting point for creating a business. I hope to use the site to reach out in ways I can’t physically. If you are at all interested in learning more about me, I invite you to read my blog. I hope to meet a lot of great and interesting people along the way so feel free to post and share with me as well. Whether family, friend, business associate or customer, it’s the connections we make with other people that I believe is most important to our success.
When I’ve become financially free and am no longer on any government assistance, I would really like to make “Freedom is the Dream” a nonprofit organization that helps others with physical disabilities attain the freedom they desire in life as well. Whether disabled or not, let’s make our dreams reality!