Wednesday Words – The Darker the Road, The Brighter the Light

My cousin Tyler was in a horrific accident in New Zealand in April 2014.  He had to be cut out of the car he was in and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of the crash.  Nine out of ten people who suffer the type of TBI that he did are in a lifelong coma, but miraculously (and through a LOT of prayers, positive vibes, and good thoughts), he beat those odds when quite frankly he probably shouldn’t have survived.

Since the crash, he’s been spreading awareness for TBIs, raising funds for research through various adventures, and spreading his message of perseverance, hope, determination, and moving forward.  He’s truly been living, and I don’t have the words to accurately describe how thankful my family is that he’s still around and how proud of him we are.

He was asked to do a TED Talk at the University of Kentucky late last year, and the footage has recently been uploaded to YouTube. He talks about his injury, rehab, and a fundraising hike of the Pacific Crest Trail he completed in the fall.

Watch the short video below to hear his story.

Cheers!

SMR

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I’m Baaaaaack. Music Monday – “One Call Away”

Happy 2016 everyone 🙂

Oh, life.

The end of the year and holidays have become challenging for me over the past several years, for a number of reasons that I generally keep to myself.  I realize now that because of that, it was probably more of a reason to keep up with the bloggy blog and #findingthehappy instead of going silent for few months.  But alas, we live and learn, right?

New year, new focus.  And new Music Monday 🙂

I heard this song on the radio for the first time yesterday, and it makes me think of a few different people I’m lucky enough to have in my life.  I give you Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away”.  Lyrics and official video below.  Can’t wait for his CD to be released later this week!

And…(unrelated)…GO BRONCOS!!!!  Love me some Peyton Manning.

“One Call Away” (lyrics from MetroLyrics.com)

I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away

Call me, baby, if you need a friend
I just wanna give you love
Come on, come on, come on
Reaching out to you, so take a chance

No matter where you go
You know you’re not alone

I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away

Come along with me and don’t be scared
I just wanna set you free
Come on, come on, come one
You and me can make it anywhere
For now, we can stay here for a while, ay
‘Cause you know, I just wanna see you smile

No matter where you go
You know you’re not alone

I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away

And when you’re weak I’ll be strong
I’m gonna keep holding on
Now don’t you worry, it won’t be long, Darling
And when you feel like hope is gone
Just run into my arms

I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one, I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away

I’m only one call away