Every great accomplishment begins the exact same way: with the decision to try. Humans are capable of extraordinary things; they must first be motivated to attempt them. There are thousands of reasons that serve as excuses for individuals to not go against the grain. It is not “easy” or “simple” to push hard to achieve where you desire to be in life. Certain things in life will happen that are beyond our control. Certainly I never would have signed up to sustain a life altering traumatic brain injury at the age of twenty. I am positive that nobody would; accidents happen and the only way to proactively move forward in this life is to visualize where you want to be. There are always reasons to throw in the towel, yet there are always reasons to continue pushing once you realize that this is your life. There are no repeats or second chances. Every individual has to take his/her own life into their hands. I know that there are plenty of people who sustained the level of injury that I did who will be dependent on others for the rest of their lives. I believe that my unbending spirit is in large part why I am where I am. I challenge every person who has sustained a life altering injury to understand that indeed my life is certainly altered, but I have a life. Every one of us has the potential for great things. It is up to each one of us to summon the strength within to push harder and go further. Guaranteed there will be moments of weakness and moments where it is tempting to give up. Remember that every one of us has the option to “give up” on something every day. As we learned as a child in team sports, “Nobody likes a quitter”. There is no single person in this whole world that is more important than you. You all owe it to yourselves to push harder and go further. I would love to hear any reflections that you may have and as always I thank you for reading.