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Be Positive, or Don't.

Posted by julia olson on Sunday, December 21, 2014,

"Be positive," "think positive and positive things will happen," "see the positive in everything." These days, anywhere you look you can find motivational quotes promoting positive thinking. While nothing beats good ol' positivity, the constant bombardment of positive thinking completely disregards the very real pain we all experience on a regular basis. It seems feeling down is becoming less and less acceptable and no one talks about it anymore. I mean, 'cause why should you...


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New Year Reflection

Posted by julia olson on Wednesday, January 1, 2014,



So the New Year begins, 2014.  The end of one year and the start of the next gives people the sense of fresh start, a reason to make changes in their life.  The reality, though, is that time is a socially constructed idea created to keep track of things.  Somewhere along the line value was given to anniversaries, new years, birthdays, and so on.  Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with celebrating these milestones, I’m more concerned with the notion of New Year...

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Positivity Canon

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, December 28, 2013,

The human experience- it is something so individual that there is no way of truly knowing anyone else’s experience, but your own.  Sure, they can tell you their experience, but those are just the parts that they want you to know.  What about the things they’re too scared to admit? 

For me, being in a wheelchair took a long time to get used to, more than two years.  How can anyone expect you to get used to paralysis in a time other than the one the individual experiencin...


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The Power of an Inch

Posted by julia olson on Thursday, December 19, 2013,


“Your life can change in the blink of an eye.”  This phrase gets thrown around a lot- well, it’s probably because there’s a lot of truth to it.  But it’s not just this increment of time that holds great power for change.  Every moment, every movement, every inch can make or break a circumstance.

A difference of an inch would have led my car into a tree instead of a house.  A break one inch higher on my spine would have left me stuck on a ventilator for the rest of my life.  A sh...


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No more hiding.

Posted by julia olson on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : videos 
 

As I launch this fundraiser I am overcome with gratitude. So many people have stepped up in support of my cause. At the same time I was a bit weary and nervous about the whole campaign.

For four years I’ve stayed hidden, avoiding social media and pushing people away; I was comfortable in this little bubble that I had created for myself. I didn't like the idea of asking people for help or having to keep people updated on my progress. I’m not trying to say I’ve gained some sort of fame ...

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24.

Posted by julia olson on Tuesday, October 15, 2013,


My mom just happened to be visiting me from Japan when my accident happened.  She left her old life behind, never looking back, to care for me.  My dad and brother stayed in japan and my incredible mother has been my rock.  Now, my brother is in Boston for college and my dad’s been transferred to Hong Kong.  I see my dad every 2-3 months, but it is extra special when we get to spend our birthday together on October 10th.

My parents continue to live apart so that my dad can...


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I KNOW

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, September 28, 2013,
Hope… this word has become a pretty frequent one since my accident. “There’s no hope of walking”, “there is hope of walking”, “we hope you’ll walk” and so on. As encouraging as it might be to be told you have hope of accomplishing the seemingly impossible, how long is it before we need to transition from hoping to knowing?
 

Hope begins as such an optimistic word but eventually, with time, it becomes one of doubt and question. Like, you can only hope because you believe there ...

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