Journey & Destination

Jun 12, 2014
Tagged with: Journey & Destination

I take exception to the quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” My suggested change is: life is a journey AND a destination. While I agree that we never completely arrive, it also seems that along the journey, we do seek out and hopefully enjoy destinations. For example, a long prepared performance, competition, graduation, or celebration is a destination along the journey. There can also be rest stops. These are the places to pause and think about the direction we are going.

For Dr. Bloom, his journey into acting has led to what he calls subtle changes. Once again, I must take exception; this time to the word “subtle.” Since Dr. Bloom’s injury six years ago, he has had a family member or caregiver, besides his wife, help him steer his power wheelchair up the ramp into his van and then this person would drive Dr. Bloom’s wheelchair into the e-z lock and the whole process would reverse upon arrival. Well, not too long ago, Dr. Bloom’s daughter, Bonnie, was attempting to help him with the wheelchair into the van process, and it was not going so great. In response to this Dr. Bloom stated “it was a bummer for her.” So, he said, “Let me do it!” Well, he did! Dr. Bloom drove the wheelchair up the ramp, turned it around, and glided it into the e-z lock position. He also did the reverse process.

Subtle? No, this is huge! Now, Dr. Bloom and his wife can go out alone! No caregiver, no other family member needs to be there to help. Dr. Bloom said, “Now I can go to Target and pick out the cereal I like!” He and his wife can go on dates! Dr. Bloom’s independence has advanced.

So, yes, it is about the journey. It’s also about the destinations along the way!

What are some of the destinations you have enjoyed in your life journey?

 

Assistive Technology Resources:  http://www.nchpad.org/Directories/Equipment

Places to go: http://www.makoa.org/travel.htm#planning

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Elizabeth Vander Kamp



  • bobl07

    Not doubt, there are many destinations on our journey of life. I can’t get enough destinations. I hope to have more.