And so I've tried to remain ME throughout this whole process of adapting to life with an SCI. I've tried to prepare myself the best I can to take certain risks and chances, because that's what makes me feel alive. It's part of my soul, my essence.
That's what this film is for me, and that's what our whole journey around the country was for me. It was definitely something I couldn't do alone, but there are these precious elements of beauty that that brings too. White Sands, New Mexico stands out in my mind for many reasons. For it's incredible beauty, but also for all of these metaphors to the many challenges I face everyday. It challenged my perspective. It challenged how I approach things. I wasn't able to climb to the top of these giant mounds of sugar-white sand, but I was able to cruise around them with my fur baby playfully bounding by my side. There was so much joy in that. There was something so rewarding about watching my friends arduously climb to the top of the dunes and see them gaze in awe and wonder. I was living vicariously through them and that change in perspective was something to be humbled by and grateful for. Even though obviously a part of me wanted to climb to the top, reach out my arms and yell at the top of my lungs, I still saw the same sky. I still saw those same ethereal colors streaming across the horizon.
I do what I can do and I ENJOY what I can. It's when I embrace that reality that my joy and happiness reach new heights. Things are always changing and I have so much hope and faith for the future but no matter what, we only truly have today. That's life, so I'm just gonna go with it.
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“What made me most excited was to be able to help my family, being able to pull the burden out of them that they’ve been struggling with. That’s what made me feel the best. Everything else to come, is to come. And we’re going to live life how we have been, just not going to have to worry about buying the supplies that I need.”
"As I got better, which I did in the future, I think I remember researching them [Swope, Rodante P.A.] myself and found that they are very good at what they do. "