Despite The Crosses She Bears, This Amazing Woman Inspires Others

Congratulations to Gaelynn Lea, the winner of the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest!

We all have our crosses to bear, and many of us do our best to press forward each day in spite of them.

Next time you run into that proverbial wall – we all do, trust me – keep this amazing woman in mind.

Gaelynn Lea is a violinist that was the winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, which is a very rare disorder that’s incurable. The main characteristic is fragile bones that can break easily, and it can last anywhere from several years to a lifetime.

Lea opened up in this amazingly inspiring video, and you’ll love what she had to say.

“You can’t eradicate disability,” she said.

Prior to her birth, Lea broke roughly 50 bones in utero. Many healed before she was born, but that led to her not forming and developing as normal. She entered the world with more challenges than you can imagine.

Lea discovered her love for music in the fourth grade, and she didn’t let her disability hold her back, noting that she viewed it as “an exciting challenge.”

She eventually picked up the violin, and her disability surprisingly provided her with the ability to create unique sounds due to the shape of her arms.

Fast forward to today, and she travels the country to share her music and her story, but she opposes being called an inspiration.  

“My disability is part of who I am,” she says.

Lea touches on thoughts that disability can simply be eradicated, but she points out the backwardness of that line of thinking. She never let her disability hold her back. Instead, she channeled it and allowed her uniqueness to shine through.  

“I don’t see my disability as a negative part of my life,” Lea adds.

While she may not like the I-word, Lea is that and much, much more.

Hear Lea’s incredible talent below.

Source: Pop Sugar