We're a family of five with a mommy in a traveling wheelchair (snowboarding accident 2009) on a mission to explore life without boundaries. Chronicling accessible travel, disability, and food adventures. Utah-based. 26 countries. Choosing joy and finding hope after tragedy.
first few days of my accident, amidst the pain and drugs, I remember being
extremely confused about what happened. All I knew was that my back was
severely broken, everything hurt, everything was fuzzy, and I was in bad shape.
next couple weeks, among learning to breathe and sitting up with assistance, I
learned my spinal cord was completely severed and I would never be able to walk
again. Never, ever? I was in worse shape than I thought.
Anger. Depression. Bargaining. I’m pretty sure I hit all the stages of grief.
Would have, should have, could have kept running through my mind.
had to stop. What happened already happened and there was nothing I could do
about it. I am here now. Now is what I’m looking at. Now it what I can focus
on. Now is what I can work with, and what I do now will stage my future. This
quote by Thomas S. Monson sums it,
no going back, but only forward. Rather than dwelling on the past, we should
make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can.”
born with an inherent resilience. Use this resilience to face our challenges
headstrong. We have abilities beyond our comprehension. We can do hard things.
We can take on challenges like a boss. In fact, we are our own bosses. We
choose how we respond to challenges. We can choose joy. We can face
circumstances we never thought we’d find ourselves in, and say, “I can do this.
I am capable of this.” We can do seemingly impossible things and come away
winners on this journey called life. For believers, we’ve got God and Christ by
our side, cheering us on. We’ve got to keep going.
month from now, one year from now, one decade from now, we’ll be grateful that
we kept pressing forward.
have passed since my accident and I am here. I am in my now. I am happy. I am
grateful. I made the choice 10 years ago to live my life in such a way to shape
my now, taking on challenges proudly, and I will keep pressing forward to shape
the rest of my life.
I know it’s
not going to be easy. . I know there will be times where we want a do over. I
know I won’t always know the right thing to say. I know there will be days that
will test our bounds, our patience, our grit, our decisions. I know it’ll
sometimes seem too much. But “this too shall pass.” But it’ll be worth it. Things
will work out. What seems hard now is just staging our better now. We’ve got to
keep going. We’ve got to keep pressing forward.