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Britiany:okay. I spent most of my life doing everything physical. I lived in the rocky mountains (in the wilds) for over a year and rarely even made the trip to the small mountain town. I am a nature survilist. I've camped in man made snow caves in -34 degrees temps. I was a freestyle rock climber. No ropes no pylons, just some chalk and my body.yes if some sicko came over and cut off my legs i would want to die cause hello if you can't walk what can you do not to mention it would be very painful and i'd wanna be put out of my misery.
I rode harleys all my life. I used to do stunt tricks to amuse myself, friends and to pick up the ladies. I could ride the freakin' thing like a skateboard.
I was into high diving, (easiest way to get back down a cliff!)
I've been in martial arts more than not since 1974. I am a 5th degree blackbelt.
I was a very skilled drywaller. A hanger/finisher journeyman.
I got married in 1990. In 1995 I was in an vehicular accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of my life. I was 41 at the time and in superb physical condition.
Over the years I have developed constant chronic pain. Acute even. I rarely get a break from the high pain levels I must simply live with. Sex as I knew it is forever gone to me.
'However I have set goals and accomplished them. (I own my own martial arts school now) I do things to push my buttons....like going to a skateboard park with a roll of duct tape and a flimsy helmet.
I fight at least once a week with at least one of my adult students. No, we do have rules but we get it on as well.
Am I happy being paralyzed? MOST DEFINETLY! Am I happy that I am paralyzed? MOST DEFINETLY NOT!
Do I still accomplish all I do in spite of being paralyzed and in a great deal of pain? YES! Do I wish that I could be cured and return to my old life style? YES!!
But do I wish I were dead because I am paralyzed and in pain? How absurd! I have a lovely wife, great friends, close familiy. Heck I know dozens of people walking around in good health who are miserable because life didn't go the way they hoped it would. I would not care to trade that for what I face.
Life was never meant to be all good. It wasn't meant to be smooth sailing and sunshiny days. It is meant to be a challenge. How people view and deal with those challenges makes all the difference in the world.
I used to sing and dance as the front man for a band. I can't do that now so I am teaching myself guitar.
I can no longer fight standing up so I've focused on fighting in a chair or on the ground. I was a darn good fighter before. I still am the best fighter that I can be.
(many) Young people don't realize that the only alternative to growing old is to die young. Also with growing old comes heart break, injury, illness, loss of loved ones, loss of ability. IMO, the ENTIRE idea of life is to take it with all the highs and lows and what life throws at you and still strive to be happy, achieve and ride life out to the end.
If you live long enough chances are good that you will lose most of the faculties and abilities you now posess. At what point do you cut your losses and run from life? You don't! We all MUST play our best with whatever hand life deals us. I say play that hand for all it's worth!..................:O)