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This Tetraplegic Beauty Vlogger Shares Her ‘Beautiful Struggle’ [WATCH]


If you’re in need of some inspiration today, look no further than this one woman’s ‘beautiful struggle’ with an injury. Beauty vlogger Jordan Bone has over 30,000 Youtube subscribers on her beauty and makeup tutorial channel, and one question she received more than any other was “What’s wrong with her hands?” After months of editing her hands out of videos and fielding these questions, Bone shot the video above to finally shed light on her life: she has been a tetraplegic for 10 years after sustaining injuries in a car accident, and she taught herself not only how to do her makeup like a pro even without moving her hands but also, how to live a beautiful life and make the most of her blessings.

In the video, Bone recreates the initial struggles she faced being a tetraplegic, and the thoughts she had that kept her from happiness. Thoughts like, “Why me?” She recalls not being able to apply mascara, and admits she wouldn’t be able to leave the house because she had dripped black mascara all over her face and down her clothes.

In case you’re not familiar with the term, being a tetraplegic means you have partially or completely lost the use of your limbs and torso. For Bone, this means that she can’t move her hands and that they’re perpetually curled in fists.

Even though Bone can’t dress herself or do her hair, she said that being able to do her makeup on her own—and so professionally—is a major point of pride with her, as well it should. The video above highlights the physical and emotional struggle she went through over 10 years, and how she managed to overcome self-pity, cyber-bullying, and her own physical limitations to do the thing she loves: her makeup, and share that passion with tens of thousands of subscribers.

Jordan Bone is truly an inspiration, and her narration provides insight into this lovely woman’s philosophy of life. She says:

I perservered, and I am happy with how my useless hands help me enhance my face each day. It’s insane how much we grow with the challenges we face…

So if something is standing in your way, maybe it means trying a different way. Explore your options. The obvious route may not always be for you. I hope you can apply this video into your life somehow, and that it inspires you no matter your situation.”

I think it’s safe to say that Jordan Bone is a huge inspiration for those of us facing much smaller struggles each day, and that this video goes beyond her personal struggle and can show so many others how to live their best lives with the blessings they have, how to stay positive, and how to share kindness with others.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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