I love meeting people. I wouldn't do what I do for a living if I didn't. People inspire me. I love true stories of people who have faced adversity in resilient ways. The only thing better than that, for me, is Stewart McLean telling stories on CBC's Vinyl Cafe about people who are resilient and inspiring!!! Today's story left me in tears. It was about Dan McGuire. Dan is a man in his 80's who rode across Canada to raise money for Parkinson's Disease. He espoused quiet wisdoms that included "you have to have a purpose in life" and "riding my bike keeps the 'Parkies' (Parkinson symptoms) away". When his family worried about him riding alone on the busy roads he said "don't worry.....people are kind". Dan focused on what he had control of, mostly thought in positive ways, made the best of his situation and surrounded himself with people who loved and supported him. And he exercised!!!! I can't say enough about how important and healing that is for ANY illness, I believe. Movement literally heals the connection between the brain and the body. It helps with coordination, the cardiovascular system, the brain function, processing emotion and trauma...really....the benefits of exercise are almost endless! So find people who inspire you and live your life to the fullest! Thank you to Dan McGuire and Stewart MacLean for your inspiration!
Dan McGuire's daughter's website
"Chilliwack" - March 28th, 2015