I’ve done a lot of things strong people would call strong and normal people would call incredible. I don’t hold a stick to this guy. My friend Travis Thetford suffered a traumatic brain injury almost 12 years ago when he was attacked and struck in the head by a hammer. Luckily, he was found the next morning in time to save his life. He spent almost the next 10 months in a coma. Severe swelling in his brain caused almost complete dysfunction. He has spent the last 11 years in and out of physical therapy. He had to relearn EVERYTHING from talking, eating, dexterity, memories, walking and everything in between. Along the way he decided that he wanted to earn a Bachelors Degree. These pictures are from his commencement ceremony at Northern Michigan University! I could write for 100 days and not fully describe how incredibly inspiring that ceremony was. I’m blessed to have friends like Travis. If for nothing more than to put my challenges in perspective. Our parting conversation for the weekend ended with Travis telling me to “keep living the dream and inspiring people.” 😢😢😢 He’s the strongest person I know. He conquered an obstacle that would stump 9 of 10 people and still had enough humility to tell me to keep inspiring others. #Imnotworthy#hardestworkerintheroom#nmuwildcats#Michigan#truestrength
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Lessons I have learned over the past 2 years. I’m always growing, and I hope never to stop. What are some things you have learned?
1. Stop caring about what other’s are doing. Focus on your life. Create your own adventures, celebrate the things you are doing. Do not dwell or compare what you do to that of others.
2. If you go to college, the things you learn and the people you meet will be more valuable than your degree.
3. You cannot properly love and care for another person if you do not love and understand yourself.
4. Recognize your pleasures that affect those you love negatively. Those are your addictions. Erase them.
5. Be happy for the success of others.
6. Don’t waste time on negative people. They aren’t worth a moment of your thought.
7. Worrying about tomorrow will only ruin today.
8. Don’t let what other people have define what you think you need in your life.
9. Keep your imagination.
10. If a new experience scares you, it probably means it’s an experience worth taking. You will probably grow from it.
11. Stop devoting time to people that will not be there in the end, and give more time to the people that will be.
12. Invest your money into travel and experiences, not items. Cars and houses are not permanent, experiences are.
13. Be grateful for people that support you.
14. Be humble.
15. Separate impulsivity and spontaneity. There is a fine line.
16. Do not define an “end goal” or confine to a particular plan. Strive for happiness (it may come in an unexpected way).
17. Before you make a big decision ask yourself, “Is this what I want or is this what people expect of me?”
18. Listen to criticism if it’s coming from someone who truly cares about you. It’s probably right.
20. Only apologize if you are truly sorry, otherwise “sorry” loses meaning.
21. Sacrifice happiness sparingly. Sacrifice to improve yourself. Sacrifice for those who are sacrificing for you.
22. Listen more, talk less.
23. Know your worth.
24. It’s much better to have a few people like you as you are, rather than many to like a character you are playing.
That is all.