Redefining what it means to stand your ground
“I knew I could be dogged about achieving things I had to do, but being just as dogged in the name of playtime was new for me.”
— Willow Belden
My mother always told me I shouldn’t take “no” for an answer. If you don’t get what you want, she said, try again. Keep asking. Stick to your guns.
Growing up, I took that advice to heart: whatever the task at hand, I pushed forward with dogged determination.
But in 2018, a traumatic accident left me suddenly powerless to complete even the simplest of tasks. In the aftermath of that experience, my outlook on what it means to back down was turned on its head, and I started standing up for myself in a new way.
On this episode, I share the story of what happened.
Special thanks to Becky Jensen for editing the script for this story.