This article was originally published on May 8, 2017 and has been updated.
Are you living your life to the fullest, despite adversity?
Hey it’s “Remps” here aka Kevin Rempel. It’s been a couple of years since I first introduced myself via my blog, so figured it was time for an update! While I want to talk today about me, more importantly, I want to talk about YOU.
I want to talk about how you need to be the hero in the movie of your own life.
Yes, I said you, and I said HERO.
How and why?
I’ve spent some time over the past years writing about all kinds of topics including: mental wellness, success, motivation and resiliency – to name just a few!
I’m a Team Canada Paralympic medalist (Sochi Paralympics, 2014) a former freestyle motocross competitor, an author, a corporate motivational speaker, and I now run a company called The Sledge Hockey Experience.
I’ve got lots to share with you, as you can see from my blog posts, and I don’t hold back about the sensitive subjects. BUT, as you may have noticed, I have a small problem with language! When I’m passionate about something (and I’m a pretty passionate guy) occasionally the “F” bombs will fly. However, I have tried, and will continue to try, and keep ‘em clean!
I wanted to share my experiences with you because I’ve been on the dark side. I’ve battled critical injuries, both seen and unseen. From wheelchair to walking, from depression to dancing on the high of a Paralympic medal win, I can speak firsthand to the courage, resiliency, determination and guts required to live my motto: “When you have every reason to give up, keep going.”
That’s why I want to talk today about becoming the hero, the STAR of the show in your own life.
What is a hero?
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary a hero is defined as “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities” and I like to think we all have those capabilities and qualities within us. Our commonality is that we are each capable of brave acts and in possession of “fine qualities” and our uniqueness lies in what those brave acts and fine qualities are.
For someone battling a physical injury, your “brave act” might simply be waking up each morning, rising out of your bed ready to physically try and try and try again. My battle back from incomplete paralysis for example, started with moving just one toe.
An individual battling depression might have the “fine quality” of determination – the willpower to continue going to work or school while battling this dark, often debilitating, deep inner force. I’ve been there too and just the determination to wake up and eat a healthy breakfast was the start of that particular journey to wellness.
My point is, whatever your battle, YOU are your own HERO just by being YOU.
YOU write the script to your movie, and why be in the background as a fill-in when you can be the STAR, the HERO in your own movie!
Here’s how I am trying to be a hero in the movie of my own life. As I mentioned above, I run a company called The Sledge Hockey Experience which offers corporate training and motivational speaking engagements while playing sledge hockey (it’s so cool, you gotta try it!). I raise much needed funds and awareness around the sport of sledge hockey so that I can give back, funding sleds through the All Sports, All People (ASAP) program founded by Wade Beebe. ASAP is a non-profit fundraising initiative that will put sleds in the hands of kids who want to play hockey but couldn’t otherwise afford to.
I hope you like what you’ve read in my blog posts so far. Check out a couple of my most popular blog posts and see if they provide any inspiration for you to be the hero of your own move:
- What to do when nothing is going right
- These words saved me from suicide
- How to turn depression around; spiral up, not down
- Stop running away from your problems
Are you ready to be the HERO in the movie of your own life? Filming starts today…
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About Kevin Rempel:
Paralympian, keynote speaker, and founder of the corporate team building program, The Sledge Hockey Experience, I help people change their perspective about life and people with disabilities. Visit www.kevinrempel.com for more information.