There are people in this society, who YAWN their lives away; party their lives away; and don't accomplish much of anything in their lives. Many of these people talk about what they CAN'T do...instead of what they CAN do.
When these type of people are on their death-bed, they wonder where all the time went...and why they didn't do much of anything with their lives...and, of course the finger-pointing all begins...it's always somebody elses fault. Some people spend a good deal of their time in prision...and many get out and then go back. An endless cycle for some.
I like to be around people with a CAN DO attitude that is positive, and these type of people accomplish something with their lives...they just don't party their lives away. I've always loved to read human-interest stories...and, that's about people who usually have a disability and still get out there and accomplish much in their lives, etc.
There are millions of people out there who true ly waste their days AND their nights away. And, I can't imagine why they do this...there's so many positive things to do with your life. All of us have heard or read those heart-warming stories about how blind people have accomplished so much with their lives...Helen Keller; Ray Charles; Stevie Wonder; Jose Feliciano...and the list goes on...
The following articles is one of those heart-warming stories about a man, who tries to stay in good physical condition...has accomplished much with his life...at the age of 83...and the most incredible thing about it...the man is blind!
The article was written by Jessica Dyer (staff writer), and the piece was published in the Albuquerque Journal on October 21, 2011. The title of the piece is as follows.
"Art Schreiber Knows No Limits Despite His Blindness"
"A doctor's visit is rarely a good time, but Art Schreiber found himself particularly irritated during a recent heart examination. The 83 year old Albuquerque man said the hospital staff was afraid to check his ticker with the standard treadmill test because he is blind.
The extremely fit chairman of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, Schreiber bristled. He insisted on the regular test. As three nervous medical professionals surounded the tread-mill reminding him to say 'stop' when his body was taxed...as Schreiber kept on walking.
'I had my mind made up...(I was thinking), I'm not going to tell you when to quit,' Schreiber said, 'I didn't, and finally they said 'stop.' 'I was about to die, but I wasn't going to say anything.' The lesson here?
Don't underestimate Art Schreiber's ability, his will, or for that matter, his endurance. For additional proof, look no further than Sunday's New Mexico Cancer Center Duke City Marathon, in which Schreiber will be among the estimated 5,500 competitors lining up. He entered the 20-kilometer walk...which is about 12.4 miles...nearly a half-marathon. His friend, Rick Walsh, will guide him, and Schreiber said his goal is to finish in less than 5 hours.
'For anybody that age (it's impressive), but to be blind, too?' said the awestruck Leslie Kranz, the fitness director for La Vida Llena, the retirement community Schreiber calls home.
This isn't his new endeavor. In 2010, Schreiber completed the same race. It was trying and, quite frankly, painful...as Schreiber...who used to run 5K and 10K races,,,always wanted to run a marathon one day, but a torn quadriceps tendon and fractured kneecap in the 1999 ended that dream.
He figured he could walk, although a 20K certainly tests an octogenarian's joints, etc. 'My knees hurt bad (last year), he said. 'A couple of times near the end, I wanted to quit, but I won't do it...I won't quit.' Schreiber placed 209th out of 209...and finishing the course in 5 hours and 57 seconds. 'But, I was first in my age group...that's because there was nobody else out there in my age group,' he said.
As of Thursday (October, 20, 2011), Schreiber was the oldest entrant in the 20K, although there is a 91 year old man in the 5K walk and an 89 year-old woman registered for the 10K run. When Schreiber signed up for last year's DCM, it was for both the personal challenge and as a way to motivate others.
'Blindness is not the end of the world, you know,' he said. 'There are so many seniors who are losing their sight. They think it's the end of the world...and it isn't.'
Schreiber, a veteran of redio broadcasting who came to Albuquerque in 1983 to manage KOB radio, lost his signt because of a torn and detached retinas. The first eye succumed in 1969. The second went dark in 1982. For a while, he retained about 4 percent of the vision in one eye, but that's gone, too. A recent diagnosis of the inner-ear condition Meniere's disease has threatened his balance, but Schreiber has remained undeterred.
'I really did (the race), hopint that I could get more people in my age group to do those kinds of things, because I really think it would help them,' he said. 'I think they would feel a lot better if they would work at trying to do a walk like that.'
After a news career that saw him traveling with Martin Luther King, Jr. and covering the Beatles on their first American tour...playing regular Monopoly games with John Lennon and George Harrison...Schreiber likes to stay busy. He fits his regorous training regimen into an already active life as an advocate for the blind.
While prepping for this year's race, Schreiber logged up to three or four hours per day on the treadmill, often getting to the La Vida Llena gym by 5 AM. Kranz has helped design a training plan to improve his endurance and strength and said she's consistently wowed by his efforts. 'He goes twice as much as all the people half his age,' she said.
Schreiber jokes that he has never been particularily sporty. During his days at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, his physical education coach made sure to point that out, one approching Schreiber to ask if he drank. 'I said No,' and he said, 'You've got the coordination of an alchohoic,' Schreiber said with a laugh. 'And, I was never worth a damn as an athelete.'
Nobody seems to have noticed any athletic shortcomings. Kranz refers to schreiber as 'amazing' and his long-time friend JoAnn Huff would agree. 'He truly is an inspiration to all who know him,' Huff said.'"
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I find this man amazing...and so inspirational for me and for others. At the age of 66 in 2011, I feel like a teeny-bopper compared to this guy. Over my lifetime, I jogged 15 miles a week for over 24 years...and I (luckily have my sight). I quit jogging in 2009, to take better care of my feet. I can't imagine ruining my feet and having to be in a wheelchair or pushing a walker around. I'm on a stationary bike now, and there are plenty of ways to exercise with out harming your feet, etc.
And finally...for the lazies and the unambitious out there, who can only yawn and party their life away...this story is excellent for all the couch potatoes out there. And, for all the lazy-asses out there, who have done nothing with their lives...(yawn, here)...and don't hurt yourself...
Having my eye-sight all my life (knock on wood) is my greatest possession...so I can say...see ya...
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