I make about $560 a month through SSDI. I can’t get a regular job because I smoke weed, which saves me at least $200/month in medication costs and helps with my dance disposition. I live in my ex-husband’s house for free with my kids, but believe me, I pay for that in other ways.
I DONT WANT YOUR MONEY!
I want you to help me with ideas for how to make money. I dance around town, have ad space available, which can go freely in and out of stores or anything. People consistently tell me they see me everywhere, my ad space is valuable, but so far no one has taken advantage of that fact, by paying me to wear their brand name or drink their soda in public or whatever.
I could be a very useful marketing tool, and that’s what I want to get paid for.
Now, there will be critics who say the companies that sponser me are exploiting my disability. I want to say very clearly right now that:
I AM ALREADY EXPLOITING MY DISABILITY!
I’m a cripple. Before the acceptance and recognition of the beauty of it, people stared at or avoided me or seemed to feel sorry for me because I’m in a wheelchair. Now people definitely stare, but it is not out of pity. I love it, and want people to stare and smile and laugh and talk to me.
When I actually accepted all of this, I recognized the privileges of being who I am.
I am fortunate to be able to change the world by being myself, just sitting in a chair and dancing and making people smile. It is an honor.
I am taking advantage of my position by dancing around town with positive signs on my chair and making people smile.
Unfortunately that part doesn’t pay the bills.
I need help to get some form of either sponsorship, or advertising revenue, or something.
If you see me somewhere dancing, please help by dancing. I’ve started giving my cards to construction workers and mail people and asking them and everyone else to dance when they see me dancing; but soon I will have to make money while doing this, or I’m going to have to stop.
I can almost feel it; my sanity.
It’s something I can touch, but only briefly, and even then quite I can’t grasp it. I don’t know exactly when I began to lose my mind, but it is more gone then here now.
I’m Becky. That crazy girl in a wheelchair who rides around town dancing.
I made a sign for the front of my chair that says “will someone please buy me a louder speaker?”
Think that’s too forward? I went around a busy intersection in town, and danced with that sign, and my others, about 7 times just circling around the intersection.
I do believe I’ve lost my mind.
Who am I? Part of me can see reality, that I am a mother, with a physical disease, who is also bipolar.
Part of me reads what is on my signs, and the million other quotes I look at. That part believes it’s true, that you do need to be the change you wish to see in the world – Ghandi, That life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – Helen Keller. That no great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness – Aristotle, etc.
So I live it, I want to see people dance, so I dance. I love adventures, so I dare to do things differently. Maybe madness isn’t something to run away from.
I feel like I’m in the middle of two realities.
#1st reality – I’m a single mother with a disease, I need to provide for and take care of my kids, the house, dogs, etc. I really need a job and money.
2nd reality – I am seriously trying to change the world. To get people outside, to get people to dance, to start recognizing the value we each can and do bring to the table, whether an ordinary writer, or an artist who happens to be in a chair with wheels, or an ordinary guy who notices and helps the crippled girl stuck somewhere. Heroes are all around and even inside of us.
But this particularly insane hero is stuck. In between the two worlds. I have to find a way to make money. If you have any ideas how I could do that, while dancing like a fool, please tell me. I shouldn’t have to turn my back on changing the world to make change at some store where I could fit as a cashier with my wheelchair. Please help me figure out how to bridge the gap.
Guess what? I’m changing the world. Yep. I’m a dancing wheelchair chick. It will eventually go viral. Then I can get my cause to a worldwide audience.
Anyway, I’m working on my website, but I have a story idea that I will hopefully be writing and posting soon. Sorry I’m never here, but I really am changing the world. Priorities…
I’m taking a tiny break from dancing around town to check in here. I love that my power chair is fixed, but I think I need a new battery. It isn’t holding a charge very long.
This week I am supposed to be wonderfully “surprised” by some kids at my kids school who will sing my lyrics for the 12 days of Christmas. I can hardly wait. I’ll try to video and post it.
In other news, do you believe in love? I’ve been thinking a lot about that question lately. I know most of you people don’t actually read or respond to my blog. I scared all the good commenters away. So sad. Anyway, question is valid and if you care to share some insight, please reply in the comments. Thanks.