The other day, I had profound life moment.
Backstory: About two weeks ago, I accepted a summer internship in Chicago. I’ll be working with the physically disabled, mainly with wheelchair sports and fitness. Well, the problem is, I have no experience whatsoever working with this population. And I made this fact clear in my interview.
The recent profound moment wasn’t about if I could handle novel tasks, like the aforementioned, but of the personal relationships I’ll be having with these people and my co-workers. Specifically, another intern who’s actually coming from California for the internship. Well, I’m in need of residence for a few months in downtown Chicago and the intern from California possibly needed a roommate. Expecting to meet up with her in Chicago just recently, her flight plans fell through so scouting out places together was out of the question.
Emailing and texting each other on the status of apartments and such, I never thought about doing the typical “Facebook creeping” or “Google search.” I know a lot of people do this all the time, but I simply don’t. Something was telling me I needed to do it.
So I did.
I couldn’t believe the response I got. Videos, stories, sports records, and so on. I couldn’t believe it. Do I have the right person? Did I spell her name correctly? This must be a mistake.
Someone I’ve been conversing with is famous! After watching a video of her, she’s already number one in my books for inspiration and living life to the fullest. She’s essentially the personified motivation and encouragement of what I’ve been striving for on this blog.
Here’s her story: First, she’s an amazing athlete. She excelled at gymnastics and pull-vaulting in high school. Setting records in each, she was beyond athletic and all around talented. Sadly, she experienced a tragic snowboarding accident which left her paralyzed from the waist down. From spending countless hours in physical and occupational therapy, she couldn’t, and most importantly, didn’t let this tragedy overcome her. She didn’t use this as an excuse. She didn’t see this as a weakness. Instead, she found unyielding strength and courage to be the amazing athlete and person she was born to be. Whether it’s from water skiing or wheelchair basketball, nothing has stopped her!
After watching the video, I simply broke down. I prayed. I asked God if this is what I should be doing. Am I armed with the knowledge and wisdom to be effective? Sacrificing finances, is this the right move? So many other questions came to mind. And remember, I haven’t met her yet and I’m already writing a post about her unbelievable determination and vigor.
I’ll have the privilege of working with incredible people like her for the summer. I feel like her story is only the beginning….
Can you imagine such an incident happening to you? Would you be able to overcome the sense of “why did this happen to me?”