I had my legs shattered in 2006, and as I lay there in bed, listening to the doctors tell me I'd never walk again, I had a thought: "You don't know me." It's a simple -- egotistical in a way -- thought, but it has served me well throughout my life. Why? Because it's an absolute truth. They didn't know me. They didn't know what I was capable of, or what I'd put myself through to accomplish my goals.  I remember the doctors all hovering over me, telling me how useless my right arm was going to be, how'd I'd never walk without HEAVY assistance for the rest of my life. I remember the look in their eyes, this somber look of regret and sorrow as they tried telling a 22 year old kid that he would spend the rest of his days in and out of a hospital bed, dreaming of the outside... but they didn't know me. I had no intention of letting my injuries dictate what I would do with the rest of my life. I had no intention of surrendering to their request. 

And so, I made a promise to myself: I promised myself that I would climb mountains, looking out from the ever-impressive vistas and peaks onto the expansive and vibrant horizons; I would run through fields, chasing butterflies as I took the time to smell every distinct and fragrant flower I could find; and I would swim through every hidden lake, bobbing in and out of the of a plethora of blue and green hues provided by only the most remote mountain lakes. I promised myself I would live, and the truth is that I'll never stop. I'll never stop chasing sunrises, climbing until my breath weighs heavy in my chest, or diving into all that nature has to offer, because they didn't know me, but over the course of the next year you will. You will know exactly what I'm capable of.

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