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If you told me when I was young that when you grow up, you’re going to own your own business, I would’ve laughed in your face and probably ran your toes over. I was very shy and insecure when I was younger, especially in school. I was a loner and nobody really talked to me because I was different, I was in a wheelchair. I hated the way I looked, I was uncomfortable in my own skin and that’s when the love for tattoos came in. I was able to cover my body in art and it made me feel more confident, tattoos really did help me, it was therapy for me and it still is. Comedy also helped me. Who doesn’t like to laugh? Laughter is the number one medicine. My sense of humor was born out of necessity, as a way to overcome that first social barrier created by my wheelchair. You need a sense of humor if you’re around me. I make fun of myself way too much and I’ll probably make fun of you too. It’s all love though. Also, the way I dressed helped build my confidence. From wearing sweats and Adidas track pants like I was a professional runner, I switched to the skater look without the skateboarding part obviously. I got into clothes and that’s when I wanted to start my own clothing brand. I wanted to start my own clothing brand, but I didn’t yet. I didn’t believe in myself. How can somebody like me who depends so much on others own a clothing brand? Yes I can do all the computer stuff, but how was I going to do all the physical stuff? My four-year-old cousin can bench press more weight than me. Luckily, I have the world's best Mom and Dad who would do anything for me and believe in everything I do, so I decided to drop out of college and start my own clothing brand (@wrektsvpply). I am not at a level of success I want to be yet, but I can’t believe where my brand is now, and that’s thanks to everyone who has supported me and my dream. I didn’t let my disability stop me from doing what I wanted to do, so don’t let your disability stop you. For those who are physically disabled, you’re only physically disabled, but you are mentally strong. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, because all you’re doing is digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole, and I’ve been there, it’s not a good place to be. Trust me, life can throw you lots of shit, but if you can take a step back or a rollback (wheelchair joke) and laugh at your situation, everything becomes a lot easier to deal with. Do what makes you happy! We’re not gonna live forever, so meanwhile, you’re here, make sure you have a smile on that beautiful face of yours.

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