I read an article called the “Struggle for Faith”. The author suggests that “unless we are content to be intellectually, logically, and spiritually static, we must move in new directions, open up new avenues, and remain discontent (and restless) with what we presently know.”[i]
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I recently wrote about a challenge I experienced from a presentation I was trying to prepare for. I was frozen by a sense of fear, panic, and alarm. Typically I can set these negative emotions aside and proceed with what I need to do. In this one moment, I struggled.
I will always have some impairment in my right hand. Bowel and bladder issues, which I’ll address down the road, continue to be a heady annoyance from time to time. I do not have trunk control, which would be REALLY handy for a lot of things. What I did gain, however, was an in-depth understanding of the bias in legislation, the “right way” (re: WRONG) to address/ignore a person with a disability, and social norms that WE constantly face but that were hidden to me before. Having seen the “in-group/out-group” bias from both perspectives helped me to put together a pretty unique worldview and eased communication with/between able-bodied (“ABs”) and functionally impaired individuals alike. Although encouraged by my progress when finally discharged from rehab, I couldn’t help but think… “Yeah, that’s all well and good…but now what?”
Parents are very influential when it comes to the development of the children. Mannerisms, behaviors, beliefs and even actions are learned from an early age throughout adolescence. During this time, your own behaviors as a parent play a dominant role in how the children will develop as they grow older. If you view physical activity or fitness a specific way, there is a good chance the children will develop a similar view.
The Grocery store next door she visited so frequently is a far away dream for her now. The high school prom dress she was so excitedly talking about to her girlfriends had lost all its charm. What happened to this seventeen year old, vivacious girl full of love, laughter and lure for life? Not so long ago, a man too drunk to drive rammed his car against her bike. What followed were the most vivid and dreadful moments she had ever experienced.
Have you heard of TED Talks? If not, I highly recommend checking them out.
TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. A non-profit started in 1984, TED Talks are one person on a stage sharing their work and passion in 18 minutes or less! TED Talks are full of ideas worth spreading.
The lifestyle of an athlete is one that is chosen, for it takes a certain amount of guile and discipline to be able to function in the athletic world. At the University of Illinois, those that were on the wheelchair basketball team had a very tedious schedule. While most people are still sleeping at 5:00 AM, we were up and preparing for our 6:30 AM practices. As “normal” people were dreaming, we were out on the court trying to make our dreams a reality. Before we could even get on the court, we had to make sure our chairs were ready. Chair maintenance is a tedious but necessary part of being a wheelchair basketball player, if the slightest thing is off about our chairs it can mean the difference between a win or a loss.