Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Success is to be measured...

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he (or she) has overcome. - Unknown

Success is not a static and inflexible notion. A successful person is someone who has achieved things regardless of the difficulties that he or she has been forced to overcome. There is not a choice in my opinion in many cases. A person must decide that he/she is not going to be sidelined by whatever obstacle that they face. An inspiring individual to me is one who is not sidelined by any difficulties that they may face. I look to my peers and I envision many people who have had devastating brain injuries and yet they have not allowed themselves to be sidelined. I have found that by attending support groups with others who have sustained similar life circumstances to me, I can compare and learn what has helped the majority of those who are in my same situation. I look towards Bethany Hamilton again and while she has attained the status of a world champion in surfing, one does not remember her solely because of her surfing ability. Bethany is an incredible success because of what she has overcome. Bethany has become an incredible role model for amputees and others who have disabilities. I am thrilled that there is a present day superb athlete who has overcome so much to excel in an arena where her passion lies and was not taken away from a sport that she so desperately loves despite her accident which involved a tiger shark attack. Accidents come in many forms to many different people, any unplanned event which has resulted in an altered life circumstance can certainly be categorized as an accident. Everybody has a story and in the world of brain injury it is always incredibly enlightening to learn and hear about how everyone’s story and journey is different. We can all learn from each other and we all need each other for support. I enjoy sharing who serves as role models for me and hearing who serves as primary role models for others. Attaining a disability does not have to be the end of a person. Joining together with people who are willing to compare thoughts and ideas in regards to overcoming various disabilities can be helpful and a key to being better understood. I thank you so much as always for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

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