The Dream

Below is an interview with Gabi from March 2014, before she did her World Record-breaking attempt.


What is your passion?

Right now I would say my passion would be to live life fully with a positive attitude. I would like other people to understand that too because I know that complaining about things you can’t change is not a good way to live life. Also, well life is short and I know that any day I could be in the hospital, so I might as well enjoy every time I am not.

What is your vision?

My vision is to inspire other people to push their own limits and to make a difference. I also would like to show people that the best way to treat kids with special needs is to treat them as completely normal. If people treat them differently, kids will not try things that would normally seem impossible.

What are your dreams?

I want to inspire people to turn so-called weaknesses into strengths. If people do this it will be a much better world.

What type of 16 year old girl do you want to be?

I want to be a normal 16 year old, and I would like to do something bigger than myself. I want to tell my story so that other people can do things they never expected to do. I am really up for anything that comes my way. Ideally I want to change the way people look at expectations and show that they can go above and beyond them.

What keeps you up at night?

Not a lot keeps me up at night, but sometimes I think about the future and what’s going to happen.

What is the message you want to share with the world?

I would like to show people that everyone has the capability to push their own limits. If people were not afraid to fail, the world would be a much better place. People really have no reason not to try. Lastly, I want people to know that kids with special needs do not need to be coddled as most of them are much stronger and capable than people might think. I’d also like people to donate to places like Children’s Hospital which help others.

Do you even want to share a message with the world?

YES! I’d like as many people to know about this as possible. I think people could learn a lot from pushing their limits and living positively without blaming others for something that cannot be changed. In fact, we can become better people because of their difficulties.

What does your next year, three years, five years look like to you?

I would like to live a normal life, go to school, and go to college. I would also love my plank wave to inspire people. It would be great if my life changed for the better because of all of this. If I could help people learn from my experiences and change their lives, I would spend the next years making that happen.

What makes your heart sing?

I love to laugh and spend time with my friends and family. What makes me truly happy is living my life. I also get a thrill and rush of happiness when I accomplish my plank because I know I have done something I didn’t imagine I could do.

What scares you?

Honestly, sharks, but also now I am a little nervous about not breaking the record because of a small detail in my evidence or in my planking.

Who are your role models?

My parents come to mind since they dealt with all of my hardships in such a good way. I believe that I am the positive girl I am because of them.

Who inspires you?

Along with my parents, anyone who makes a difference in the world is an inspiration. I’d also include my friends, especially Maddie and Leah, because they know about my special needs and they don’t treat me any different than anyone else. In fact, they think it’s cool that, when we go to amusement parks, we don’t need to wait in line. I think everyone should be this way and not treat special needs kids any differently.

Besides school, how do you like to spend your time?

I like to spend time with my friends and family. I love to travel and see the world. I love movies and TV. Some of my favorite shows are Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother. I like to play volleyball and ski on the weekends.

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