What was a significant moment in her life?
"On September 17, 1925, Kahlo and Alejandro Gómez Arias were on their way home from school when the wooden bus they were riding collided with a streetcar....The accident ended Kahlo's dreams of becoming a doctor, and caused her pain and illness for the rest of her life." Once again, after much of her childhood eaten up with isolation and social ostracization, Frida was back in square one. She had a slew of medical expenses, clinical depression, and the weight of not being able to have kids or become a doctor- lifelong dreams of hers- to bear. With all of this, what does one do? Frida Kahlo began to paint.
Many say that that bus accident had the biggest impact on her life, but that would be an insult to Frida Kahlo. She was not what happened to her, her and her paintings were what she saw, felt, and were. She was strong and individual, this bus accident didn't ruin her, it opened her up to her truest potential. With the solitude thrusted upon her to recover from the accident she learned about herself. That unfortunate event was not Kahlo, and no more should we define her as a woman who started painting because she was so traumatized by her disability. Viewing her and people with disabilities as such is an insult to them! In America and more of the Western World especially, we talk about Frida's accident almost as much as her art, and about twice as much as her politics. What about her move to Cuernavaca with her new husband Diego Rivera where she began to reconnect with her roots? What about her reclamation of herself and her sexuality? She was so much more than as the Detroit News once so gracefully put it "The Wife of the Master Mural Painter Gleefully Dabbles in Works of Art", she was as she put it: a daughter of the revolution. So while this accident was by all means significant, we cannot continue to define her as such. We should all know that it is futile to try to define Frida Kahlo (Frida herself as much as anyone)!