“Can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination," ~Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean reminds us that we cannot always control the winds that life throws at us. What we are able to do is better control how our sails receive the winds. This quote is a synonym for life. None of us can control the issues that we will encounter in life. A brain injury is a prime example of a much unplanned wind that a portion of the population will encounter. A survivor has to carefully choose how their sails will be directed. Inspirational and motivated thinkers are always evaluating how to best arrange their sails. Decisions have to be made regarding what is most important in life and what has to be attempted first. Certain choices have been made for us in life without our choosing. A brain injury survivor would certainly never plan to sustain an injury. It is similar to sailing into an unknown territory where there are many unaccounted for winds that will be encountered. You cannot change if an injury has been incurred but you are able to the direction in which you are attempting to proceed. My life plans certainly have changed as a result of August 2, 2005. I am sure that every survivor can relate to Jimmy Dean’s quotation. Some things are out of our control. We are certainly in control of how we do many others. Many survivors have the same desires that they had prior to their injury but now they have to reevaluate how they will accomplish them. I still wanted to graduate college. I was able to but it took me many years to finish the two years left of college that I had. I am familiar with one survivor who used to love to ride his bicycle. Following his injury, he now must use a three wheel bike. He is still using the same “wind” as in he has maintained being a cycler but he now uses a three wheel bicycle. He has been able to figure out how to take advantage of his enjoyment of cycling. I would love to hear who has had to change the direction of the winds in his/her life. I look forward to reading any responses that you may have and as always I thank you for reading.