Like Thelma and Irvin, I’ve seen John around for a while. His dedication to getting out had already inspired me. I finally had a moment when I could pull over and talk to him. I hadn’t met him before, but knew that he had a story that was going to make a difference. He was very gracious and heard me out as I explained my blog and gave him one of my cards. I hoped that he would contact me when he had gotten home and checked out what I do. He did! We set up an appointment to meet up at our neighborhood coffee house.
I think the biggest thing I walked away with from my conversation with John is sincerity. I think sometimes our assumptions of people get in the way of our opportunity to know them and appreciate them. John was sincere in his answers and interest in what I’m doing here on Carrot Bowl. He is sincere in his relationships. He is sincere in his job and dedication to staying active. He talked about how others have treated him or approached him or even attempted to push his wheelchair without asking. If we want to show sincerity like John, we have to love each other more. We have to believe and trust in each other more.
John is a Dynamo because of his dedication to getting out, even when it’s not ideal – whether that’s weather related or overcoming a physical challenge. You are Dynamo too, like John. You are inspiring more people than you know. We are all moving at different speeds, distances, and with different equipment, but we’re all going together. These interviews are meant to capture the journey, where ever that is right now, and inspire each of us to continue in our own unique journeys.