So this is new to me, if this Blog is new to you then you’re in the right place: The Beginning
This Blog is a story about my accident in Rocklands, a rock climbing paradise in the Cederberg, South Africa. There I would come to know what the meaning of fulfillment was and what is was to fall. On the 13th of July 2019, I was hiking out with a Friend, Nick, to a new boulder he wanted to climb. whilst hiking up towards the bouldering area, a large (or large enough) boulder precariously perched on a rock shelf about one and a half meters high dislodged and fell onto me, crushing both my legs.
After many hours of pain and shock the Doctors removed my right leg above the knee to save my life. My left leg they managed to save after a series of operations. As I write this now I am sitting in a rehabilitation center with an external skeleton covering my lower leg and unable to walk. Although that will come!
I am perhaps even more determined to overcome this challenge than I have been to overcome any challenge previously faced. Victor Frankl once wrote that the third aspect from which one might derive meaning in life is to overcome suffering and adversity. Perhaps then life’s meaning is greatest where there is the greatest adversity. This is by far the biggest Dragon I have had to vanquish and if that battle is the purpose that gives meaning to my life, then I accept it, voluntarily with my shoulders back and head held high. It is my responsibility to do so!
So why I am telling this story, isn’t it just another case of some careless climber injured in the mountain, ag shame? Well I don’t think so. Firstly, the changes I made in my life prior to the accident allowed me to achieve things I never dreamed possible; Secondly, my attitude post accident was inspiring to many people and I dared begin to believe that what i had done up to that point was training for this accident and incidentally training for life. Lastly, by writing this Blog I hope to clarify some of the concepts, thoughts and practices I had cultured. By so doing I hope to allow others to learn from them and become inspired to get more out of life. To reach for their dreams, continuously and in the face of life’s unceasing tragedy and suffering.
If I can inspire just one person with the messages I leave here, then I would have succeeded in continuing what I see as the good in this world, improving the beauty of being itself!
So I have decide to structure this blog into four sections:
1)A Home Page (which you are currently reading. This will serve as a map for new comers and returning readers if needed.
2) A Blog, Called ‘The Journey’ which will contain two types of posts:
2.1) A narrative of my life prior to the accident and, more specifically my experiences and emotions after the accident. These Narrative sections I hope to post every two to three weeks.
2.2)A more detailed look at some of the concepts, thoughts and practices with were manifest during that section of the narrative.
Both of these sections will be published under ‘The Journey’ and will be categorized either Narrative or Concept for ease of retrieval under the category section
3) Ultimately I would like to structure these concepts into a lists of sorts so that it becomes easier to remember and internalize them. As much for my own benefit as someone else’s. This page is called ‘The Concepts’ and will have links to the relevant Blog post on the concepts in the list.
4)A list of links to various speakers, motivational videos and pages of people who have helped or inspired me on this journey.
I hope that you stay connected to this journey as it unfolds, It will certainly be interesting to see where it ends…