Overcoming Setbacks And Living Our Best Lives With Purpose Video Transcription:
Hi, it’s Jim Dodson, The Florida Bike Guy. I want to talk to you this morning about the amazing people that surround us and the indomitable human spirit.
In my May newsletter I wrote about Dean Otto who was struck as a runner by someone he didn’t know. The driver was trying to make his way through the fog in the early morning. Dean was a marathon runner at the time. In the accident, he sustained a fractured spine and was told he would never walk again, not much less run. But Dean had this indomitable spirit that said not only am I going to walk again, I’m going to run again. He also challenged his doctor to run with him if he could recover and return to the race circuit. This story is so amazing because not only did he do it but it’s also an amazing story of forgiveness. He forgave the driver and once he was fully recovered, Dean, the doctor and the driver ultimately ran a race that the three of them had talked about.
In my June newsletter, I talked about Karen Darke. Karen described herself as a wild, out of control 21 year-old adventurer. She had a 30 ft. fall while rock climbing and she injured her back and was paralyzed from the shoulders down. This was another situation where Karen didn’t look at her life as to what she was limited in doing but rather what was possible. And, this started right away from the beginning of her rehabilitation in the hospital. She was surrounded by people who said look at what you can do and not be limited by your injury.
Karen went on to have an incredible life. It’s been over twenty years since her injury. She became an Olympic hand cyclist and still rides for the British paracycling team. She has also skied across Europe and has kayaked and hiked all over the world. She has accomplished amazing things for someone who has no limitations much less for someone who has the limitations she has.
Lately, I’ve been thinking that we are in this environment in our lives today with so much negativity when you watch TV and read the news but what I love about being around cyclists and representing cyclists who have been injured is this quest to do the best we can. I have the fortune of knowing Keane West who is a cyclist over in Sebring. Keane is another person that fell while working as a tree trimmer many years ago and was paralyzed from the waist down. He went on to become an amazing accomplished hand cyclist. Today he rides with the Highland Pedalers and still does amazing things on the bike as a hand cyclist.
I think all of us need to look back at what is going on in our lives and see the beauty, the positive people that surround us, and the opportunities that are there in our lives. I think all of us should realize our world of possibilities is so much greater than one may think. This is why I think it’s so encouraging for us to look at some of the amazing things other people have done and remember we should try to be the best version of ourselves. I’d like to take that message out to the world, make our lives better and I hope you do too.