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Latin America Diary. Days 41 to 45. Hola Santiago! Tired but happy, looking over you from the top of San Cristobal Hill..🙃
Latin Amerika Güncesi. 41-45. Günler. Yorgun ama mutlu, sana dün bir San Cristobal Tepesi’nden baktım aziz Santiago..🙃
let's take a minute to talk about truth. i don't wanna belabor the fact that "social media doesn't accurately reflect reality." i won't waste your time talking about something we all already know. what i want to do is give you all a glimpse of truth — the not-so-glamorous behind-the-scenes footage of what's easy to perceive as a millennial girl galavanting around europe.
i'm an able-bodied passing individual. for the last 7 1/2 years, i've suffered from #chronicpain that resulted from a car accident. my reality is herniated discs, bulging discs, nerve damage, #fibromyalgia, #crps, muscle spasm, cold intolerance, and numbness/tingling in my hands, fingers, toes, feet, calves, and ankles. my reality is constant pain, depression, insomnia, and anxiety about doing the most basic of tasks. that's the truth. but there's more to it.
i'm a person who refuses to let her pain dictate who she is. it's a part of me— albeit a massive part. i persevere despite my pain. i do what i love despite my disability. i don't let it hold me back, but acknowledge my body, its limitations, and work through that. •
here are some shots of me, sprawled on the floor stretching out the pain. unashamed, but still limited. opening up to strangers so that they understand, and can become true, instantaneous friends.
my travels look a lot like this. like crying in my hostel bed, frustrated that I can't make it to the museum, sight, hike, cultural attraction that i want so desperately to experience, because i know i won't be able to stand in line, walk the museum halls, to move the next day from pain and exhaustion. •
but what you also don't see encapsulated in photos is the extreme reverence and gratitude at laughs and meals shared, sights seen, blocks walked, and stories heard. this is how i travel. slowly, honestly, aware of my body's limitations and grateful to all it allows me to do.