Having a blank slate is sometimes as daunting as it is exciting.” -Joe Madureira.
So, what are you going to do next? I think we all ask ourselves this, especially at the beginning of a new year. I was asked this after completing a large goal that I had dreamed up many months prior to actually completing it. At the time I could only figure I’d keep striving and move forward to yet an even larger goal, a complete recovery. After the ball dropped in Times Square New York and cheers erupted around me, I finally found my answer to that question. While I certainly fulfilled a day dream by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge(see here!) at the same time I accomplished something even larger. I didn’t realize this until the clock struck twelve and 2016 was ushered in with champagne that I had my answer. Any goals that I have set and met were years in the making and a concerted effort. Even more important than my daydreams is all the wisdom and strength I have garnered by pushing through and past the many struggles I have faced. Each new idea was but a spark that eventually caused a forest fire in the landscape of my mind. I also could not have fulfilled these goals without the helping hands of friends, family, and generous strangers. Each of their hands joined to create a bridge I could walk across to reach the other side. Oftentimes those goals involved independence and things people take for granted everyday. The ability of having freedom of physical movement,walking, social skills, and many simple activities of daily living. Each of your accomplishments are the result of a concerted effort as well. Without the support of others many of us would still be at the starting line of the race. Entering this new year it will be best spent continuing on the journey of moving forward, and if I’m lucky in this new year that bridge of hands will still be there.
make a bridge for others!