I’m sorry this post is a little late, but I was on vacation last week.
Giving up is something that many people do when they are faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I know that when I was first in the hospital after my car accident, the thought of just quitting and giving up did cross my mind. The difference is that I found something to motivate me to keep going. Now the term “Giving Up” does not exist in my vocabulary. The reason is that I met someone who was paralyzed from their neck down. He made sure to get out of bed every day, go out with his friend several days each week, and always had a smile on his face. From that moment on I kept telling myself that if he can be happy with the situation he is facing, then I have no problems.
I know you may think that is easy for me to say, but I have faced many obstacles since my accident that seemed to be unachievable. What I did was think back on my friend, rely on the strength my God gives me, and continue to fight until I had achieved the goal that was set for me. I also made sure to surround myself with people who are uplifting and better than myself. This way I would have support instead of negativity. Your attitude toward whatever you are facing is 90% of overcoming that obstacle. If I had chosen to give up I would still be on a respirator and not breathing on my own today. That was the first and scariest challenge I have overcome. I actually had to teach myself how to breath on my own again. You cannot let fear keep you from living your life and stop you from doing what you want in your life.
My next goal/obstacle is to walk again. There are two different studies going on right now in the US that is actually getting paralyzed people to walk again. My goal is to get accepted to one of these studies, and then to actually walk once more. I have faith in my God and myself, and I know that one day soon I will achieve this goal. Nothing will stop me from overcoming the accident that someone else was responsible for. I WILL WALK AGAIN SOMEDAY.