This concern of Journey Sports activities Journal had the inspiring story of Shawn Cheshire, an Military Vet and EMT. This can be a free journal out there in numerous locations, my native bagel store had it. In 2009 Shawn received a traumatic mind damage whereas treating a combative affected person, and ended up going blind. This led her into extreme melancholy. In her phrases “I had a option to make, I might both select to see the chances, make the chances, uncover the chances, or I used to be going to kill myself”. Thankfully, she selected the previous, and with assist from the Veteran’s Administration Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation middle, turned herself right into a world-class journey and endurance athlete. She has raced for Workforce USA within the Paralympics on a tandem bike and in addition runs competitively. Much more astonishingly, she has educated herself to experience solo on a motorcycle, and has ridden throughout the US from Oregon to Virginia, in addition to finishing the off-road 2700-mile Tour Divide that follows the Continental Divide Path from Canada to Mexico. I’ve examine doing the Tour Divide in numerous journey books together with Jill Horner’s Be Courageous, Be Robust: A Journey Throughout the Nice Divide. It’s a outstanding problem for anybody. However finishing it with out sight approaches unfathomable.
Shawn’s newest plan is to grow to be the primary lady and solely the second particular person with out sight to climb Mt Everest. However she is going to proceed on to climb Lhotse, thereby changing into the primary blind particular person to try this back-to-back problem. I’ve little question she is going to accomplish this purpose.
Tales like this all the time make me rethink any of my very own limitations and feeble excuses for not being extra energetic.