'I was told I'd never walk again - I proved them wrong'

I was told Id never walk again - I proved them wrong

Valerie Reynaert, Managing Director, Sisters Beauty Lounge, has quite a story to tell

Published: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 2:00 AM

What is your best childhood memory?
A big smile always appears on my face when I think of my childhood. It was so carefree! I was surrounded by loving parents and my big sis. We played football on the streets and, on Sundays, I turned our living room into a Barbie paradise. I was obsessed with my doll and slept with it until I was six! I had not a care in the world. I also have beautiful memories of my granddad, who used to make sweets and waffles for us. We'd always help him cut the sweets into pieces. But we had to be careful when we ate the waffles, as he would put a piece of string into some just to tease us. That really describes how my granddad was: a very special man!
If you could move anywhere in the world, what place would that be?
That's a difficult one, as I am currently living in the city I truly love. But, if I were to go somewhere else, then I want it to be a sunny and safe place with a house on the beach. Imagine waking up every morning to the sound of the waves and the smell of fresh sea air - that is my ultimate dream!
The biggest learning point or experience in your life.
Fourteen years ago, I was in a bad car accident and almost lost my life. For two months, I was in Rashid Hospital - and for several months after in a wheelchair, whilst learning to walk again. When that happened, I learnt that you are the only one that decides how your life will turn out. The moment I was told I might not ever walk again, I knew I would do everything to prove them wrong. The accident changed my life. I am a fighter and live day by day, because every day is so special on its own. Make the maximum out of life and tell yourself - every day - that you can do anything you want!
What is the one skill you'd love to learn, and why?
I would love to have my mum's cooking skills. It's unbelievable what she is able to produce in her kitchen! Her food makes every event an instant success - and it would be such a difference from the sushi takeaway my friends get when they come over.
What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
Live life to the fullest. Be kind to others. Dream your dreams and work hard to make them a reality. If I could do it all over again, I would do it in exactly the same way.
Your greatest fear.
The death of my loved ones. That pain is a never ending one.
If you could go back to any era in time or witness any major event in history, which one would it be, and why?
The first man landing on the moon. It was a historic event that not only represented an advance in technology, but was a symbol of great human achievement.
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day, who would it be and why?
Oprah Winfrey - she is so inspirational!
Favourite movie character of all time - and why.
Mary Poppins. Imagine having her magic. Priceless!
If you were head of your country, what is the first thing you'd do?
I'd take an example from the Ruler of Dubai. Creating such harmony between different nationalities living together would effect such a huge change in my country.
- Staff Reporter

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