My Life

Posted by jennifer gibson on Monday, January 9, 2012
If you are already a big fan of my books, Sway and Compass, you are probably asking the question "How?!  How the heck did you survive?!"

To tell you the truth, I'm still asking myself the same question.  Honestly, I really don't know how in the world I didn't lose my mind a long time ago.  If anyone else had been in my shoes, they would've most likely be left quaking in them.  I know it's unbelievably cliche but what you experience in life, especially the good, bad and downright ugly, it can make you stronger.  It's a supreme test of your faith and inner strength.  The nice thing about getting older - you gain wisdom.  Unfortunately, I've could used that when I was younger.  Going through those tough moments, especially as a very young child, can leave you reeling, particularly when you look back at it much later in life. 

I can remember vividly trying to show one of my teacher's in school how to use the FM equipment as an eight year old.  It did not go over well - adults don't take too kindly to being told what to do. It was a hard learned lesson. It's funny how much the negative aspects as a kid stick with us for the rest of our adulthood. All those times where I was humiliated, teased ruthlessly, lied to, stolen from and being beaten down emotionally it eventually led to a purpose, a reason for living through it. It turned out to be a good thing because I wouldn't have had anything to write about.  I discovered that it contained vast amounts of rich material to incorporate into my books.  So the next time you want to give me a hard time or deprive me of what I deserve, it will go right into the next chapter.  So thank you for providing with such awesome ideas. 

I'm currently reading a gripping book written by Nick Vujicic called "Life without Limits" (website:  What he went through as a child, overcoming unbelievable obstacles is enough to make you cry, over and over.  How can I possibly compare my life to his?  Yes, he did consider suicide as a child when it became it unbearable but he managed to rise above that and find a new person within him.  Today, he provides inspiration and hope to millions of people through his speeches at schools, auditoriums, stadiums - everywhere!  You don't need to be a spiritual or religious person to enjoy his honest insights, all you need is an open mind and heart.

One thing I've noticed is that people with disabilities, the more severe their experiences in life, the higher they rise up and the stronger they become.  It takes a very strong soul to persevere.  And based on what I have seen, it takes a very special person to go through this. It's not easy.  I know because I've been there.

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