Posted: March 30, 2010 in New Perception
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First, I was dying to finish kindergarten and start school. Then I was dying to finish school and start college. Then I was dying to earn and make my own small living. Then I was dying to start university and plan my future and with all this I 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, and 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, regardless 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 Paralympics on TV. Now I have known 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 every one 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 whatever. 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 on tv.

Let’s talk about the alpine skiing for a minute. I think it was the last event I watched on television. 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 every one 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 squash.

  1. Salman Ateeq says:

    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. Murwana Abbas says:

    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

  3. Sara siraj says:

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

  4. Sameen Shah 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!

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