In case you didn’t read I went surfing this week, and between sets I sat around the beach shooting the breeze with other surfers. There was a police officer on active duty on long island new York, there was a sports photographer who goes around the world for major magazines, there was a pediatrician a university professor with two PhD’s a research scientist a free climber and a member of parachute display team for ex-service men and three retired marines!
Wow you say cool people and they all surfed outstanding! and by the way there were paraplegics quadriplegics people with cerebral palsy spina bifida people without limbs people with closed head injury. “oh poor things” you say wait a minute folks I’m sorry you see the bottom group was the top group? yep wheels under our ass stops nothing, NOT A DAMN thing.
Once we get over the bad news and we get over the pity party with the bad catering we get back to life and shit gets real. We make a list of everything we used to do, everything we intended to do, and we simply find a new way to do it yes we “adapt” Jesse billauer didn’t call us “adaptive sports people” he called us all athletes from the oldest to the three year old in the wheelchair because we are.
The picture below shows me sitting with a cop a professor and a sky diver a soldier and a doctor can you tell who’s who?
Just like we don’t roll around with our diagnosis tattooed on our forehead for your convenience, neither is our occupation. Were not “brave” were not “inspiring” were just us just like every other mother father son daughter in the world has shit that needs to be done without fanfare so do we, we just have wheels under our ass?
Don’t run up and start pushing us because “it’s your Christian duty” don’t ask to pray over us or lay on hands you might not like the hands we lay on you!
And even though you asked so pathetically nice , no I won’t tell you why I’m in a chair it’s none of your business do I roll up and say “excuse me love if you don’t mind me asking when was the last time you had a yeast infection?”
We have obstacles so we climb them,
we have mountains we go over them,
we want to see the other side of the mountain so we roll out of perfectly good planes
We want to be free so we surf ( below see christiaan otter bailey the world class adaptive surfer)
You can do it too, we don’t disccriminate against the able bodied(I know right what a concept!) If you’re scared ask a wheelie we’ll be happy to teach you, and we won’t lay hands and pray over you because you don’t have wheels I promise