Happy May! Holy cow, where did the time go? They say time flies when you’re having fun! We have had so much fun the past couple of months. I guess you can say it was somewhat of our ” breath of fresh air” since Paul’s injury. Here’s some stuff we accomplished and it all started with Coachella!
Before the accident Paul and I always decided we were going to Coachella. Then we heard Guns N Roses was part of the line up, and we just couldn’t resist. Of course, we had our reservations about going because it was going to be a mission for Paul to get around. Since Paul is no stranger to tough challenges, we pulled the trigger and went! It was a blast. Paul used his wheelchair the first day so we could cover more ground faster, but the second and third day he was walking around with his sticks. I was really surprised to see how many people were aware of Paul’s unsteadiness. I have noticed now more than ever, people get moving so fast they don’t realize that accidentally bumping into Paul can be pretty dangerous. A lot of the people would hold their hands out to guard him from others. It was really beautiful. I was also really touched by how many people offered to help us. People would stop their golf carts in the middle of the street and yell ” hop on!” One of the coolest moments we had was after the Guns N Roses concert. We were fighting the crowds to get back to our car and all of the golf carts were full. We knew we had a long walk back when we heard, ” Hey you guys need a ride?” It was actor Eric Olsen!!! He was so down to earth and took us right to our car. He happily went out of his way to help Paul. Such a humble dude. We saw a ton of great bands and met some really cool people. It was a blast and we can’t wait to go again next year.
Another really, really, really cool and my most favorite thing we did this month was participate in The Wings for Life World Run. Running for those who can’t, was such an honor. Wings for Life raised a little over 7 million dollars, all of which goes to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. Paul walked with canes an incredible 1 mile before the chaser car caught up to him. We had the best team ever! Thank you to those who joined the IRideforPaul team ( Aaron Lutze, Ivan Sanjuan Sanz , Jill Kintner, Amanda Abril, Scott Hart, Brandon Risk, Melissa Couch, Marc Cruz, Cam and Amanda Zink, Angeline Paule, Jiune Chiang, Nick Pavelka and the Harris Family) As a team we covered 141.59 km. The energy was unbelievable. I was so inspired by the strength, courage, and determination by everyone who participated in this event. We can’t wait to do it again next year. You can go onto the Wings for Life website and register for next year now! It’s such a great cause.
Work hard, play hard. In Pauls case, it’s been work harder, so he can play a little. I am always blown away by Paul, but the past couple of months have been really special to see how hard he’s been working. I am beginning to see that he’s not only working to get back on his feet again for himself, but he’s working hard for others. Everyday Paul is reaching out to someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury and asking how he can help with their struggles. He always mentions how he wishes he could help everyone in this similar situation. Paul does a really great job of transforming his internal thoughts and struggles into something positive. I see it like a wildfire inside of him. Wildfires are complex, and are fueled by a lot of different factors. When Paul’s fire is fueled by walking again, the spark ignites and it becomes fierce! We can all learn a lesson from this. Not all wildfires are uncontrolled, and they all may have different variables, so find what sparks yours and fight it with fierceness, whether it’s your job, your relationship, your life in general, never back down or become compliant. Live in the moment and live with purpose. I am so grateful to have learned this valuable lesson from my incredible man.
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