I’ve lost track of how many letters I’ve sent out to Fortune 500 companies in the area and to Philanthropists inquiring about possible scholarship or sponsorship opportunities for graduate school. So far I have received two responses, one “no” and one that gave me a suggestion about somewhere else that I could look. I have 9 total hits on my blog, and I am not sure how many of those are due to myself (:-D) or spammers. But I am also inspired, it is inspirational that I have one person following my blog and that I received two responses. And I find it inspirational that someone gave me the time of day. The people who wrote the responses took the time, even if they already knew what their answer would be to read my letter and send me a response. And someone also took the time to visit my blog. I want to be able to inspire people. And just the idea that someone took the time to read the letter, is amazing.
Although I personalized the letter for each person, I began each letter the same, by sharing about my friend. He was in a horrific car accident and the doctors told everyone to say goodbye. To this day I don’t understand why it was him instead of me. He is one of the most talented individuals that I have ever met and I could not imagine this world without him. Through a miracle he survived what the doctors deemed to be impossible and he continues to break down barriers. Honestly I think the world would have been better with me in a wheelchair and on the road to recovery instead of him. He said that “walking is falling continually.” And that really is true. Although I may not have received the response that I initially wanted from my letters, the excitement that I felt as I read the responses was a excitement that I have not felt for a long time. Even if they response was in the negative towards my answer at least they also got to hear about my friend’s inspirational life story.
And maybe something in my letter will empower others to reach their dreams. This is the same wish that I have for my blog. To empower people to believe in the impossible and to test the limits. The resiliency of the human spirit is empowering, there is a endless list of reasons of why it is not reasonable that I become a Orthopaedic Physician Assistant. I have two reasons why I should: 1. My struggles have allowed me to relate to many situations and if I reach my dreams I will inspire all those around me to continue to reach for their dreams, even why they can’t see the light and, 2. I will be the best Orthopaedic Physician Assistant in the field.
Sometimes inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. And hope can spring from virtually no where. Just because you may not “fit the mold” as someone in the position of your dreams or I may not necessarily “fit the mold” as a Orthopedic Physician Assistant does not mean that it was not meant to be. Hope can come in the unlikeliest of circumstance, but the only way that there is a chance of a dream becoming a realization is if we try. After all when you hear about Hurricane Katrina, complete devastation and a city ripped apart would you think of a Superbowl champion? And when you think of everything that it took to get there and the dedication of Drew Brees to not only his team but to his community it is inspirational to think about how many lives can be transformed and empowered in a city with no light. Actually there is a correction, it is not a city with no light because the city had a blinding light and thread of community in each other. New Orleans was is a city driven by passion. Passion can encourages determination, over comes obstacles, rekindles dreams and most importantly, passion is contagious and can inspire others.
What is your dream, your ultimate dream no matter how “improbable” it may seem and what are the steps that you are taking to get there?