We are back this week with Emmy: Part Two! I just wanted to briefly take the time to thank Emmy, for sharing her journey with us and for allowing me the time to sit down with her and unpack her wonderful brain! I am so grateful that you all are taking the time to experience her journey and please enjoy the second and final part!
So Emmy we are back with part two! So moving on; this question is a bit funky so bare with me… If you had to be a box of cereal, what box of cereal would be and why?
[Laughs] I don’t eat them a lot, but maybe those Fruit Loops? Those coloured fruit loops. I think I’d like to be them because they are all colourful, and bright and happy and even though I don’t eat them when I go to the shops and I see them there I just like to look at the colours because they make me happy.
What about the bird?
Isn’t there like a Toucan bird?
Oh, yeah, he’s cool! [laughs], well I was going to say that I would be Weetbix, but there not colourful. They’re good for nutrition, but they’re not colourful!
So what has been the happiest moment in your life so far?
I can think of a few, but this was going back to when I was in hospital in 2006, I had my 13th Birthday in hospital, and it’s not every persons dream to have their birthday in hospital. So when I had my birthday there I wasn’t happy about it; but then I remember on the day the people who came and celebrated it with my made it a really special day for me. I think that one stands out a lot because even though I was sick and going through major surgery in hospital the fact that people, even people who I didn’t know, knew about my birthday and they tried to make me happy. They made an effort to put a smile on my face, and tried to distract me from what I was going through a bit, so I didn’t have to think about it. I also remember the Starlight Foundation came in and gave me a number of presents, and it made me really happy. Later on, my brother and sister came in and celebrated the evening with me and my brother had a bunch of purple balloons.
I definitely think that you have heard this before, and I hear your Mum saying all the time: “You are an old soul,” You’re not old! But an old soul, and you have the patience of an old soul. It’s like you’ve lived here before. So I wanted to ask you who or what have you been in a past life.
I actually have thought about it a bit, I don’t think I’ve been an animal or a chair [laughs] but I’ve definitely been human. Well I like to think I was human in all of my past lives. But I like to think that in one of them I had to go through a challenge or I was faced with an obstacle, and I like to think that I’ve been through something that was a bit traumatic for me at the time, but I had to overcome it and deal with it. Because whether you like it or not; you just have to deal with it sometimes. So I like to think in my past life I have overcome adversity and it made me more mature and grown up, which I think has transferred into this life.
So what is one object in your life that means the most to you?
The first object that I chose was an inspirational book which I was given by my Mum. I love books and love reading, but I particularly love inspirational books. There is one quote in here which is one of my favourites from this book, and that is “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet,” – Jewish Proverb. When I read this quote, it spoke to me and really related to me because no matter what I’ve gone through, the outcome made me who I am today, and I realise that there are other people in the world who have and are going through much more traumatic things than me. I mean you just have to look at the news and see what is going on in Iran and Iraq, a lot of those people are homeless and don’t have family, and a lot of children have to grow up prematurely and in result have to work; so there are always other people out there who are worse off than you.
Okay, so this is a bit of a big one. What do you think your purpose in life is? What do you think you were put here for [I know, it sounds so dramatic!]
Um, I think my answer might relate to the previous one, when I said I like people to inspire me, and I’d like to inspire other people. If I had to say what my main purpose in life is it would be: to come to terms with what I have been through in my short life right now, and when I am a little bit older to meet other people who are going through obstacles and hardships in their life and to tell them what I’ve been through, so they know that they are not alone. I think, sometimes people who are going through a major obstacle in their life think that “it’s just them” and they are the only ones going through it, but I would like people to realise that are not alone.
I definitely think that I could see you becoming a type or some sort of motivational speaker.
Yeah, maybe for children with disabilities, because I do remember saying to my Mum once I wouldn’t mind having a job helping people who are going through a challenge, if they have a disability and they don’t know what they are going through. Just so they know that it’s not just them; they are not alone. No one is alone.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I think I would change people’s judgment or views on people who have a disability, and that’s not just something physical, like people who may not people to talk or they might be able to talk but can’t get there point across. I find though that people are very quick to judge others who have disabilities and I think some people who are able-bodied who come across people who people who are a bit slower at doing things than they are; I think they think that because of that they might not say it, but they might think that they are a bit dumb. I would want to change this, by getting people who are able-bodied to think about how they would cope if they were in someone’s shoes who isn’t able bodies and if they were to have a disability.
So last question! This series is titled ‘Everyday Heroes’ and it’s about people who have inspired me. Who is your Everyday Hero? Who is the one person through your whole journey who has been your biggest inspiration?
I think my Mum; she’s always been there for me and especially when I was in hospital. She had to do things a lot independently, and she had to manage between myself and my older brother and younger sister. She was always with me, and when she wasn’t she would call me on the hospital phone; so no matter what she was always there for me.
- Emmy is an avid reader of fantasy and inspirational non fiction. She lives in Melbourne and is currently studying Disability. She likes to live life to the fullest and never lets the little things worry her.
- Emmy has decided that if this part of the article would have a soundtrack, it would be “Roar” by Katy Perry. Which you can find HERE.
- To read the first part of Emmy’s article click HERE.
- Here is a photo of the inspirational book the Emmy owns, you can by it a Kiki K Stationary: