“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” -Helen Keller
There are certain people you meet in life that inspire you far beyond you could ever imagine. These people could be lifelong friends or even a stranger. But ever so often, a person drifts into your life and you are never, ever the same.
I had the privilege of meeting this beautiful angel my freshmen year of college through mutual friends. At the time, I had no idea what kind of impact she would have on my life.
A graceful spirit who uses her words wisely and only when they are of worth, Jamellia, or Jay as I call her, is a person I will never forget. Diagnosed at a young age with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare genetic eye disease that causes vision impairments, Jay wants nothing from anyone. At first glance, you’d never know she was battling a disease such as this. She never complains and doesn’t desire any pity. Instead, she wears a bright smile and her beautiful natural (sometimes straightened) locks proudly.
Her eccentric style and resilient spirit inspires me and so many others to push past the day-to-day problems and enjoy life for what it simply is- a blessing. Because of her perseverance and strength, I have learned to appreciate what I have and use it to inspire others.
Love you, Jay!
Watch this video to get a glimpse of her story.