Shrivani | THIS IS ME

Tell me your story!

“I live the American Dream and I am very much grateful to those who protect the freedoms that being an America allows me! I was born in the Caribbean but ended up growing up in New York because of political unrest in Trinidad. I was a chubby little nerd but I always loved myself and tried to shine my little light of positivity into the lives of those around me. My friends can attest to the fact that in High School and College I never stuck to one clique. I always made an effort to connect with and get along with everyone!

Even now, I still spend every day trying to share hugs and smiles to every person I meet. I feel extremely fortunate to get paid to do what I love. I serve those who served our country, as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at a Veteran’s Hospital. Helping my patients is not a job, it is my passion and my calling.

My nights and weekends are dedicated to being a fun and loving mom to two sweet boys and the spoiled wife of a hardworking and supportive husband. Our family mission is to explore as much of our country and our world as we can. We enjoy meeting new people and learning about their food, language and culture. Travel expands our minds while filling us with gratitude for what we have right here at home. Whether at home or abroad, I truly believe that if you see someone without a smile, you should give them one of yours.”

What do you remember learning about beauty from a young age?

“I was blessed to have been raised by strong women in my life whose beauty shone from the inside out. My grandmother and my mother raised me with a kind and loving heart which I was taught is more beautiful than a harsh soul masked by a ‘pretty’ face. I am grateful that during my formative years, when other young girls were feeling self-conscious or societal pressures, I was comfortable in my beautiful brown skin.”

What is your favorite physical feature about yourself?

“I get complimented most often about my cheerful and contagious smile but honestly, I often catch myself admiring my voluptuous butt in the mirror. I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

What’s your favorite thing about your personality?

“I think my compassionate yet carefree personality radiates through all aspects of my life: as a Hindu, a Therapist, a biker chick or a ‘redneck trapped in a brown body’. At home, work or with friends, I am quirky, funny yet not afraid of telling it as it is… always with a smile!”

What’s one moment in your life you felt the most proud of yourself?

“I attended Columbia University and lived by myself in New York City when I was just 16 years old. Even though this by itself was an accomplishment of sorts, in retrospect, I was too young and not mature enough to truly appreciate the educational opportunities set before me. I partied through my four undergrad years and did not attend graduate school until many years later. It wasn’t until I was around 26 years old that I fell backwards across the edge of a bathtub and fractured my spine. One of my uncles, an Osteopath in London, treated and healed me. Most importantly, he inspired me to return to the U.S. with a renewed zeal for pursuing my childhood dream of helping others. I was 32 years old when I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at New York Medical College. Walking across the stage at graduation was a particularly proud moment for me. Although I took a circuitous path towards my educational and professional goals, I proved to myself, and hope to inspire others, that it is never too late to soul-search, discover and pursue your dreams.”

Is there any advice you would like to share with others who struggle to see their own beauty?

“I think the idea of perfection plagues our society today; perfects lips, perfect skin, perfect cheek bones. People undergo sometimes extensive and expensive procedures in pursuit of perfection. For anyone struggling to see their own beauty I would say, do not judge yourself based on standards set by others. Appreciate and accentuate the things you like about yourself. Know and accept that perfection does not exist. If you are confident and radiant on the inside, your inner beauty is what will shine forth for all to see.”

Why are photos important for you right now?

“Time flies and ultimately, all we are left with are our memories. Photos are like little treasures; snapshots that remind us of who or where we were at specific moments in time.”

Shri, you are such a lovely and vivacious person! You truly exemplify the American Dream. I love hearing you talk about what you do in your profession to help others because your passion for it shines through. You speak words of wisdom to others to not seek perfection but to seek happiness in themselves. You have such a bubbly personality and light up the room. Thank you for being a part of the This is Me Series and inspiring others with your story!

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