About Gülay Çolak . . .

and her view of life

 Life is like a world made up of different windows where good and bad intermingle and everyone has their own perspective . . In this world we each try to make a place for ourselves . . Some allow fate to cast a shadow over their future whilst others create positive outcomes from whatever life throws at them . . . Our lives may not always be what we have hoped for, but seldom is it as bad as we sometimes allow ourselves to believe . . We each seek happiness and to achieve it we should choose to look at life through the 'happiness window' . . .

As I look out from my self-created window I see the world filled with colour even though 'fate' painted a black picture for me some years ago . . From my small world I have managed to reach inwards to realise huge dreams and have trained my arms to drive my wheelchair towards hope . . . Although I was paralysed 11 years ago I am thankful for having had the opportunity to live in this diverse and multi-coloured world because it is life itself that matters, and to be able to share the sunrise of another new day with those I love . . When I was forced to change my perspective on life I was never alone in my struggle . . .

I am thankful to the rainbow of people who have given so much support on my journey of hope - how lucky I am that you are all there . . .

Gülay