Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Inspiring

First, I was dying to finish high school and start college. Then I was dying to finish college and start working. Then I was dying to marry and have children. Then I was dying for my children to grow old enough that I could go back to work. But, then I was dying to retire. Now I am dying….. and realize I forgot to live.

Please don’t let this happen to you. Enjoy your current situation and enjoy each day.

To make money we lose our health, then to restore our health we lose our money. We live as if we are never going to die, and die as if we had never lived.

I received that message in an email, author unknown or I would give due credit. This message really does strike a chord in my  mind and heart. Live life to its fullest for as long as we can, it is so worth it. Never give up on the full potential of life, it is amazing what you can do, irregardless of anything.

Now have I ever considered myself to be a bit of an idiot. Embarrassing as it may be, the answer is yes and this fact was really brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago. I had the pleasure of watching the paralympic on TV. Now I have know about these games for some time but have always just sort of blown them off. I mean people with disabilities can’t be real athletes can they? I mean I will save my viewing time for the real athletes at the real Olympics. Here is where the idiot part of me shows through so loud and clear. I WAS SO SO VERY WRONG!!!!

They are indeed wonderfully talented and skilled athletes. Beyond that they exemplify the strength of the human spirit to a level beyond anything I can imagine myself ever attaining. I am totally in awe of each and everyone of them.

What are just a couple of examples. Suppose at birth you are born with only one leg, or possibly lose a leg through an accident or what ever. Well I guess as sad as that is, you will just have to accept the fact that you will never be able to do something. Oh, things like say, skiing or maybe playing hockey. WRONG!!!!

Let’s suppose, oh say you are blind. A disability such as this very obviously prevent you from ever being able to take up skiing. WRONG!!!!

I think I saw parts of the Alpine skiing (down hill), biathlon, cross country skiing, wheel chair curling and sledge hockey.

Let’s talk about the alpine skiing for a minute. I think it was the last event I watched. Now I am not a skier and it looks hard to me. Maintaining your balance while flying down a hill at neck break speeds. Surely you need 2 legs to balance on the skies, plus 2 hands to hang on to the poles for extra balance, WRONG!!!

I admit when I first started watching the skiing, I was in a state of wonderment and awe. I would watch and see a one legged skier come blasting down the slope, then a one armed skier. Then they said they were switching over to the blind skiing, I mean come on, blind skiers are going to go down that slope, it can’t be!!!!! WRONG!!!!!!!

Now, I am not actually sure when it happened or even how it happened. At some point I realized I no longer saw a person with a disability, I just saw an athlete competing in his/her sport. Athletes they are and top rate ones at that. I salute and applaud each and everyone of them. They are not athletes with disabilities they are athletes and inspirational ones at that.

There is a saying that goes something like. We may not like the cards that life deals us,  but what is important is how we play them. Think about it. There are so many times in everyone’s life when something happens. We don’t like it and let it beat us down, it disables us from living life. I have seen the proof, any disability only holds us back as much as we allow it to.

A special thank you to all  my friends for their kind words of support over the past days. Know I am fine. I have a bit of a wonky head going on but am thinking of taking up skiing.

13 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Inspiring

  1. Irene says:

    Dear Bill,
    I also was left in absolute awe of the para-Olympians!! How proud I was to have our athletes on the podium and how respectful I am of all those that didn’t make the podium, but that “fought” the good fight. I guess the bottom line to it all is: There’s more than one way to eat a hotdog!!
    Thinking of you often, Wiseman.

  2. planetcity1 says:

    Hi, Bill. Have you ever seen wheelchair dancing??? If not, prepare to be awed. The BBC had a recent show in which a friend of a friend was a participant. For those who love ballroom dancing, check out the video episodes here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DOW2010

  3. Liz says:

    Dear Bill,
    Just found your blog today 🙂 Love it! I especially like that you have several sections of blogroll, with different headings… how do you DO that? (I’m in awe)
    I think I’ll put your blog on my own blogroll. I got the ‘ol wake up call a few years ago too…changed much… so much to say.
    I’ll be back

  4. Mel says:

    Hiya Liz–nice to have you joining us!

    And good to hear from ya, sir.
    I’ve no doubt the viewing was awesome–sad to say I don’t think it was televised over here (or maybe it was and I missed it cuz I’m not well versed on television stuff–could be!!). I’m proud for ’em not letting something decide ‘for’ them and chasing what they want to do. Pretty powerful stuff…… Worth while stuff….

  5. Jill Cooper says:

    Wonky head or not I see you haven’t lost your sense of humor. I think you SHOULD try skiing! Who knows, you could love it and the cold might clear your wonky head. Prayers every day for you Bill. Hugs!

  6. Jaymie says:

    🙂 You just set me to thinking about things I could do, plenty of unexpected things….hmmmmm

  7. Irene says:

    Dear Bill,
    Just checking in again…Hope things are progressing in the wonky head department. Praying for you always, Wiseman.

  8. Laura says:

    my mom was diagnosed with cancer – and had the most wonderful team of doctors, who were all closer to my age than hers. Who knew that they would all pass away within months of her? Three different doctors were greeted at heaven’s gate by one whom they had spent so much time helping through her dying days. As you say, no one knows what their life expectancy really is. My own son-in-law was in a dive accident and dies when he was only 25. Live today to its fullest, who knows what tomorrow will bring.

  9. Cat says:

    I’ve been remiss about checking in with the various blogs I read over the past couple of weeks, so I totally missed that you were under the weather and taking a little rest break from blogging. I’m glad you are feeling a little bit better and will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and hoping that wonky head clears up soon!

  10. Tasneem R says:

    The kind of spirit you have in you is what lights the flame of motivation in us ! Thank you for writing down your experience and the ways how you overcome your problems .. there is lots to learn from you sir .
    Am I an Achiever? – Are you motivated enough for achieving your goals?

  11. Shauna says:

    Hey just reading a bit here and I see everyone talking about disable it reminds me of a quote i heard not to long ago!! put GO in front of Disable and it gives you GOD IS ABLE!!! Love you Dad see you sunday!!! xoxo

  12. Slamdunk says:

    Great message in this one. I think we are tempted to rush through life looking for some dream of stability–and then we realize how much we have missed.

  13. teachermrw says:

    Bill, if you’re going to try skiing, so will I. Ha, ha! Happy Easter. 🙂

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