Dec 29th, 2011 | 14 Comments
I wanted to write a post about my cousin Virginia, who, on November 22nd, was kicked in the face by a horse. I wouldn’t normally do this and realize that accidents happen every day, but Virginia has been an inspiration. She has always loved horses and has ridden them all of her life. She even went to school on a riding scholarship to Virginia Intermont. While at home this Thanksgiving she was letting out the horse she loves to ride, but it got spooked and kicked her square in the face breaking her whole nose, crushing her left eye socket, and squashing the bridge at the top of her nose. Her brain also started bleeding because of a piece of bone fragment that was jarred during the whole fiasco. She has had three surgeries thus far, with at least two more to be scheduled to repair her face. Did I mention that she will probably have to lose her right eye? She just turned 20.
I went and visited her in the hospital a couple of days after the incident, and it was tough for me to even look at her. But through all of this she has kept such a positive attitude. I cannot imagine having anything like this happen to me and lord knows it would be tough for me to keep such positive energy towards life less than a week after a game changing incident. I mean I worry about when I get a hangnail, or if I cut myself shaving, but this girl just had her whole face rearranged and it is nothing! She was even joking around about the food quality, and how they didn’t have the best channels. Not one complaint along the lines of “Whoa is me!” or “My life is over!” I am trying to picture myself in the same position, and even now, being years older than she is, I would still be worried about what my face looks like.
Virginia is not concerned and is rolling with the punches (or kicks if you will), and is already talking about riding horses again. The doctors said that she wouldn’t be able to ride until this summer (2012), if ever, but Virginia will get right back on the horse that kicked her sometime in January, less than 2 months since the occurrence.
Other than horses, Virginia’s true passion is singing. (She even trained under the same voice coach as The Biebs himself). One thing she says that she is thankful more than anything is that when the horse kicked her, it missed her throat (and by the grace of God, her brain!) so that she can still rain down beautiful notes on everyone that has the pleasure of being around her. She has a wonderful voice and can definitely go far in that industry. Hell, she can go far in any industry or truly do anything she wants to do, because nothing can shake her. You knock her down, she will get back up. You kick her eye out, she’s got another one to see and is not going to let it bother her. Inspiration.
My goal is to use the connections I have made with Sweet Home Alabama to get her introduced with some of her favorite country singers including Carrie Underwood and Lauren Alaina. If someone does come across this blog post and thinks they want to help Virginia out with her dream, or just send words of encouragement please contact email@example.com. Feel free to share this post to someone who might need a pick-me-up
Thank you all for taking the time to read about a truly incredible person in my life. An inspiration to my family and me, and to also the world. We can all learn a lot from someone like Virginia. I know I have. I truly appreciate the support that you gave as over 600 of you retweeted my tweet request to please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. It shows that there really are good people out there and it means the world to Virginia and my family!