I was able to catch a good chunk of the #espys2019 last night, and it left me so inspired. For the record, I know 💯 that people with disabilities were not born for us to use as inspiration — there’s a hot topic on “inspiration porn” that if you’re not familiar with, I suggest you look into. These athletes and award winners stood out to me— not because of their disability — but because of who they are as people. #robmendez won a perseverance award — born without arms or legs, he now coaches football. On stage, it was clear that he had a commanding presence, a true passion for what he does, and an enviable dose of confidence. The video footage of him at home being carried by his father was one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen, and hit so close to home — so it was special to me for that reason. But that man is an incredible person — disability aside, and one we can all look up to. @kirstie_ennis is the first female below-the-knee amputee to climb Mt. Everest. She made it 200 meters from the top, due to dangerously low oxygen levels for her and her team, and had to retreat. To paraphrase her, “I left my heart up there, now I need to go back and get it”. Um, yesssss. Again, disability aside, I’m inspired by the fact that she had a goal, and even though she didn’t attain it on the first try, she knows she will get there and will do anything in her power to accomplish making it to the top of Mt. Everest. 🙌🏼 Knowing these athletes accomplished these goals having to overcome physical limitations does inspire me as a mother to a son with physical limitations, and pushes me to work around those limitations and help him be the boy (man) he wants to be, no matter what.