Darby Ridley - Louisiana Nomination & Photography by Jennifer Abney Photography Issue 75 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Darby Ridley is an Inspiring Teen because she is an overcomer! Born with a hole in her heart she had a stent placed at 9yo. Diagnosed with scoliosis at 10yo & had 2 titanium rods placed along her spine at 13yo. Darby had questions of “why me” but quickly learned she had a choice to see herself as a victim or overcomer. Darby now embraces her victories & uses her experiences to inspire & encourages others to embrace their scars as well. Darby is a thriving 17yo senior at Slidell High in Louisiana and has dreams of pursuing a career in Music Business.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? No matter what I go through, I will never let it steal my joy. No matter what life throws at you, you can't let it steal your peace, your happiness, your kindness, or your joy. You have to push through and realize that most things you go through in life is temporary. And you should never end a story that has just gotten started,
What else would you like to talk about? How grateful I am for this opportunity, it means so much to me that my story could be shared with people from across the nation.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? Art. In any form, visual arts, music, literature, theatre. etc. I think art is what brings us together as humans, art brings out emotions in us that might not be able to be expressed simply with words. Art can be so many things, impactful, sad, controversial, happy, etc. Art shoes just how deeply we feel as humans. I think music for me, is like oxygen, its the one thing that keeps my world spinning.
How did you find your photographer, Jennifer Abney Photography? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? Jen is absolutely amazing. I had never taken professional pictures before these and I was pretty nervous, but she made me feel so comfortable and beautiful. I believe people have a purpose in the world, and you just have to find what it is, I think Jennifer was made to be a photographer, she is so incredibly gifted.
Look for Darby in issue 75 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!