If you think back on your life, you can probably come up with at least one "do over" moment. One event or conversation you'd re-live if given the chance. A minute or two you'd like to replay just a little bit differently, a little better than you did the first time.
But the thing is, you don't REMEMBER it.
I don't remember my first steps either. But I'm fairly certain that when I toddled into the walking world, my mom wasn't giving pointers like, “Take a bigger step with your right foot.” And I'd bet all the stock in Apple that -- in September 1970 -- my dad was not capturing the proud moment on his iPhone!
And this time, I remember every detail. Nervously letting go of the parallel bars. Jerking my little left leg through each step. Tripping over that C-Leg like it was stuck in the mud.
But like the first time, this moment took us by surprise. Mom was at work. Dad was out running an errand. He returned half-way through my first lap.
Luckily, prosthetist Tim knew what to expect. He had everything under control -- teaching me how to walk and shooting cell phone video at the same time!
That night, my family and I sat around the kitchen table. We enlarged the video till its grainy picture filled up my laptop screen. We played it over and over again until we'd memorized every chuckle, every breath, every helpful tip from Tim. I posted it to Facebook. Then I watched it some more. And when all was said and done, we agreed: It was the BEST DAY in a very long time!
Now a year has passed. Yesterday at PI, I took my newest test socket for a spin. So far, so good.
I also caught up with buds (and fellow clients) Brian and Zach, whom I hadn’t seen for a long while.
I met Bob.
Bob is a bilateral amputee -- one above-knee, one below. For every one of my steps, Bob TAKES TWO.
By the second lap, I was practically bouncing out of my seat with excitement.
I'm honored to introduce this blog's first "GUEST WALKER"... Bob!
With those steps, we passed Mile Marker 335.2.
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind?
If you ask Brian or Zach, or anyone from PI, they will tell you that every step is a BIG one!