We often define ourselves by things that are “outside” us: relationships, work, family – even our own bodies.
But what would it mean to have our lives dramatically altered?
Who would we be then?
One day in 1986, Janine Shepherd’s life changed forever. Her long cherished dream of representing Australia in the Winter Olympics was shattered when she was hit by a truck during a cycling training session. Her neck and back were broken, her right arm, collarbone and ribs shattered. Her right leg was ripped open; she sustained internal injuries and lost most of the blood in her body.
She was not expected to survive this ordeal. But survive she did. ‘Never’ was a word she refused to hear, because she made a conscious choice to live. She chose to inspire and encourage others with her indomitable spirit and extraordinary courage. She chose to lift herself out of her pain and depression. She pushed her body to mend itself and forced her legs to walk again, step-by-painful-step.
She now has a private pilot’s license, a commercial license and an instructor’s permit!
Her journey to recovery experiences are recounted in her books: Never Tell Me Never, Dare to Fly, On My Own Two Feet and The Gift of Acceptance.
A ‘walking paraplegic’, Janine explores the universal quest to find meaning and fulfilment in this TEDx talk. http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3576
What are the choices that we make??