Posted by Oz S
13yrs ago today I broke my back. Cut off by an auto while riding my motorcycle, I lost control of my bike and went crashing into a ditch. I suffered a concussion and damage to my spinal cord. The accident left me with a shattered L1 vertebrae, an incomplete spinal cord injury and memory loss. Through cognitive and physical rehabilitation, I managed to get back on my feet, so to speak. But the paralyzing effect it had on my mind and spirit was something else. Even though I managed to move on with my life by getting my degree, starting a career and getting into competitive sports, I was not able to rehabilitate my perception of the situation. I could not let go of what I could no longer pursue, have and do in life. I was hung up on the idea that the glass was half-empty. I had condemned myself to an unhappy existence because I believed I would not and could not be happy by settling for a life in a wheelchair, unable to pursue my military career. Was not long before my home became my prison and my room became my cell. And even though I had caring and loving people all around me, I felt all alone.
Undoubtedly not the case anymore, as I have learned otherwise. For I finally accepted the simple and yet profound concept of choice and gratitude. Simply put, life is what YOU make it. 10% what happens to you and 90% what you make of it. And that we have total say in it. That “it isn’t what you have, who you are, where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Anyone can complain and make themselves out to be the victim in life. But to what end? Yes, it takes courage to live, but it takes guts to change. Incidentally, hitting rock bottom is the genesis of willingness. I finally began to accept the help and love from others that I had always had all around me. I became grateful for the life I still had. I began to see all the abilities I possessed and learned how to capitalize on these strengths. I learned of talents I never even knew I had, until I went through this experience—believe it or not, I was an introvert in my youth! I began to believe that I was an extraordinary human being and someone who was worthy of great things and happiness in life. In essence, I became grateful. And those that are grateful are the happiest. I learned that to change my world, I would have to change my thoughts. I learned that although we can’t always control the thoughts that come into our minds, we most certainly control the ones we dwell on. And because of this we have a CHOICE on whether or not we are living a happy and fulfilled life. The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it. Period.
-Know No Limits-
All my love to the Polaris family,