A New Year in My Quantum Wheelchair

Happy new year everyone! As much as I prefer the sunny 80-degree days of July, there’s something therapeutic about the start of a new year. It might be grey and cold outside, but there lies promise in the opportunities that the new year brings. There’s a chance for accomplishing goals, personal growth, developing new relationships, and strengthening old ones.

This year is an especially important one for me. This year, I’ll be graduating with my PsyD! This is a goal that I’ve been working on for years now, and I regard it as one of my best accomplishments. This year is the year that I earn my degree, complete my dissertation, and become a licensed psychologist. Oh, and I’ll be searching for a job too! I need to practice interviewing! That’s a lot to accomplish in a year, but I’m up for the challenge!

Socially, I hope to continue to be the social person that I am! I enjoy spending time with my friends, whether it be going to the mail or getting drinks. I’m lucky to count my sister as my best friend, and we are always doing something (and by something, I mean a Target run!) Additionally, I’m continuing my search for the guy who is going to tolerate my coffee drinking habit and 24/7 “psychobabble” (as my mom likes to call it). Yes, dating is on my list of goals for this year. I hope to continue to make the most of my social life, and growing in the areas that warrant growth. I also want to read more books, get outside more, and experience as many new coffee spots as possible! These are things that make me happy, and that’s the ultimate goal, right?

Most importantly, my Quantum wheelchair allows me to do it all! It’s my other half, for lack of a better expression! My wheelchair with iLevel technology helps me to sit at a bar, look people in the eye, shop for clothes on high shelves, navigate through NYC, sit comfortably in my proverbial therapist chair, type pages of notes, meet new people, lounge while I’m watching the Bachelor. The list goes on. A good wheelchair makes life better. Period. So, I think it’s clear that my Quantum wheelchair will be there as I accomplish my goals this year. I know it won’t let me down!

About Marianne Middlebrook: Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Marianne uses a Quantum power wheelchair for mobility and independence. She works as a therapist and enjoys coffee, reading and watching reality television. Click here to learn more about Marianne.