My one year anniversary since my injury is today.
This has been an adventurous year. I involuntarily went on a journey to fight my injury. For those who don’t know, I suffered a paragliding accident where I shuttered my back and consequently end up in a wheelchair. A year ago, I found myself submerged in a new environment of people with spinal cord injuries.
I was sad because my world and everything I took for granted was suddenly gone in a split second. I didn’t have chance to appreciate the simple things. And I was happy cause I miraculously survived and got another chance to see an unknown world. New places and lands, new people and their heart-touching stories. Sharing a day-by day fight for anything to come back in terms of healing and recovery.
It was an amazing privilege to see what the human spirit is capable of and can achieve when it is determined. I had chance to see a living walking miracle, which left such a deep impression on my heart. It was a year between “waiting to see” and “accept it.” A term very often used in the spinal cord injury world.
No doctor is giving you any guarantees to walk again. Soon I realized that every injury no matter how seemingly similar is unique; you just can’t compare. Nobody knows what future brings but I decide to accept it day by day, fighting and not thinking too much about tomorrow. At the end, the show must go on and life is beautiful…walking or walking later or even not at all.
If walking would be a synonym for happiness, than every person on this earth who walks would be happy and this is not the case, don’t you agree? It was a year of gratefulness to my incredible girlfriend Tanne. Without her and her love I don’t know if I would gotten this far. Also to my family and the many people who supported me on this trip and showed real friendship in this hard time for me.
I am as well grateful because I could erase from my mind all the people I counted on who haven’t been there for me; a valuable lesson I would have never learned if it was not for this injury. Thank you all. It truly was a year of learning to appreciate the little things and be more sensible, humble and a better person.
I learned that everything in this life comes from good and that there is a hidden purpose for all of us. Sometimes things have to happen to be a “wake up call” or to protect us from something worse. Going through something like this really brings a valuable revelation of who and what do you need to surround yourself with – peace, love, understanding, patience, support, motivation and comfort. The fight will continue and I will give it my all I got to improve and progress towards my life’s purpose.
And on a side-note: paragliding is a beautiful sport and in my 24 long years, it took me to places many people will need another life to experience. Seeing the world from the cockpit of the paraglider is the most beautiful thing. There are no words to describe it. It is the most purest and natural form of flying after the birds. Now I know why the birds are singing. Sadly, there is no money to pay for such an mind-opening inexplicable experience. I still defend this sport as one of the most safest, simplest and easier ways to fly. I was injured due to my own several mistakes, ignoring the signs and having over-self confidence. Human factor is the only one responsible for most of the aerial accidents. There is no one to blame other than ourselves in most cases. Lesson learned.
In closing, I just want to say I’m thankful and immensely lucky to have another chance in this life. I encourage all spinal cord injury people to fight right now. I want to see all you people healthy and prosperous, being the best version of yourself who can change this world for the better and to achieve the fullness of your destiny.
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