Disclaimer: This is an article written for GM Coachwork, all words & experiences are the writers own.
It’s that time of year again, I can’t believe we are weeks away from Christmas, it’s like I’ve blinked and all of a sudden it’s December – Time for me to go into hibernation!
Even at 42, I love the magic that Christmas brings. it’s not all about the presents (even though I love a present or two!) it’s the smells of Christmas cinnamon, peppermint and roasting chestnuts. The twinkle of all the lights, drinking mulled wine or hot chocolate with cream and tiny marshmallows to warm yourself up – it’s getting the all the decorations out of the loft and decorating the tree and watching as may cheesy Christmas movies as you possibly can.
My past christmases I have been use to an online festive season, ordering everyone presents online hoping it either doesn’t ping back into my emails as out of stock or arrives on time. Then setting an alarm just in case you fall asleep waiting up until midnight to book a food delivery and hoping all your favourite foods are still available and the carrots aren’t substituted for Brussel sprouts. Unless your a sprout lover!
Even though I have muscular dystrophy a progressive muscle wasting condition, I’ve always thought of myself as being very independent. What I mean by that is if I wanted to go anywhere and it was nice weather we would walk; well I wouldn’t my powered wheelchair acts as my legs or get a wheelchair taxi and on the odd occasion use public transport.
But when you sum that up, I am either relying on the weather to be okay to go out. Hoping the public transport stops or has wheelchair access or your able to book a wheelchair accessible taxi that charges you a fortune just because you’re in a wheelchair. Don’t even try to be spontaneous because it’s probably never gonna happen.
This Christmas is like no other. It’s been just over two months since I took delivery from GM Coachwork of my Ford Custom Quantum, i has given me the freedom to experience Christmas in a different way and make new memories and new firsts.
Being able to travel to a tree farm and hand pick our first real tree, not have to brave the cold waiting for a wheelchair Taxi or public transport. Go shopping for everyone’s presents. Go food shopping to get everything your need and not have to worry about missing items or substitutes someone else has picked. Going to see my mummy the week before Christmas something I haven’t been able to do in over 25 years, the added bonus being able to take my nanny with me.
This is what the festive season is all about being able to make new traditions, like picking your own Christmas tree being able to see family. But also having the freedom to be able to be that more independent or possibly spontaneous. Having my WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle) has given me far more than I ever expected.
And you can’t put a price on that.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year I hope the festive season is brings you all the joy that mine is bringing me.
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