Sunday, September 11, 2016

finding my why -- day 2: 10 day freedom plan blog challenge

finding my why
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2

The day 2 challenge really got me thinking. Natalie had us listen to a podcast interview she did with David Mead who asked two questions to help pinpoint why I do whatever I do:

  1. at my very best, what has been my contribution to the world?
  2. how did that contribution impact those around me?
Those aren't quotes. That's just how I understand the concepts. The podcast is about 40 minutes long and is an excellent listen if you want to delve into this yourself. Here's me thinking out loud (?) about the questions.

Some of my best moments are when I'm challenging my perceived limits. I love playing the piano with two fingers. I love how I type with three fingers of each hand. I love riding a bike and driving my car. I love wearing shorts in the winter. I love making people laugh and seeing them change as they relax about my disability. I love showing them that if I can do it, they could too. I love that all my great accomplishments have been achieved by just trying the thing and then doing the thing.

What I find after the fact is that many people are inspired. They really do see themselves doing something they thought they couldn't do. I in turn am inspired as they push their own limits and do amazing things and become amazing people. I tell everyone again and again to just do what they love. That they can create their own selves any way they want.

So this isn't quite final. I'm surely going to play with it more, but:
I get up each morning to constantly challenge myself and others so that we can all experience the very real freedom we each have to be and do the great things we dream of.

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