Last Friday I had the pleasure of spending a few splendid hours with my beautiful friend Jen Bricker.
We had gathered with a handful of friends for the screening of Eva Longoria’s Versus: Romanian Roots.
I met Jen when she first moved to Los Angeles six years ago. She and I are kindred spirits and we bonded immediately. She had moved to LA with her aerial partner to pursue new opportunities and explore new outlets for her art. Her dream was to eventually branch out on her own as a solo artist and travel the world as a motivational speaker.
She had no idea yet how she would achieve this and was keenly aware of the many obstacles that stood in her way, but she had that spark in her eye and the spirit of a warrior. Jen has never been one to let obstacles stand in her way. If anything, they fuel her passion all the more.
That is the spirit that connected us and touched my little Sabrina in a special way.
When Sabrina first met Jen, she was barely two. The two of them sat on a bench at the martial arts studio we frequented, chatting vivaciously and laughing their little hearts out for over and hour. On the way home, Sabrina sat unusually quiet for a while before saying with conviction “Maman, I want to be like Jen… I want to cut my legs off.”
My heart tightened.
I took a deep breath trying to find the right words to answer her…
Then realized the profound beauty of what my young daughter had just said.
You see Jen was born without legs. Yet she is an aerialist and competitive power tumbler. She has never wallowed in her misery focused on what she did not have. Rather she celebrates everything that she is, each and every day, and lives by my favorite motto: The is NOTHING I cannot DO! NOTHING!!!
As a mother of three girls, that is the most important lesson I want to impart on my daughters, and if I were to judge by Sabrina’s magnetic response to Jen, I think I am on the right track 🙂
At the tender age of two Sabrina felt the power of that way of being and knew she wanted to make it her own.
Jen’s dream is now her reality and I’ve had the privilege of being part of her journey.
My heart fills with joy as I witness the countless lives that are being transformed by this special lady.
Her story is one faith. It is a story of courage and perseverance. It is a story that defies logic and transcends reality in so many ways. t is a story of complete and unquestioning obedience to God!
I suspect you’ve seen Jen on one of her countless television appearances — most of them with her biological sister, olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu, her childhood hero.
I’ve celebrated each new milestone in Jen’s journey and watched the many portraits of this phenomenal woman that have aired. None of them captures her story, her spirit, as beautifully as this one by Eva Longoria. Make sure to watch this beautiful portrait of a truly exceptional woman 🙂
I pray you will someday know the joy of meeting Jen in person….