I was listening to the radio the other day when this song came on. The song isn’t so much what I wanted to tell you about, but rather the video. You’ve got to see this. I was at work a while back and someone showed it to me. I’d heard the song a hundred times already as it’s quite popular, but I’d never seen the video. Needless to say I was floored. The determination and drive… well… you really have to see it for yourself. I see the “Renegade” here as someone who abandons the norms, leaves behind the box of what society deems normal or appropriate for what a person with disabilities is capable of, then exceeds those expectations.
These people inspire me. I’ve had times on a difficult hike or portage, where I’ve thought of the man in this video climbing the mountain, and it made me smile and carry on.
My day job involves working with adults with developmental disabilities. I’m a huge believer that if someone wants to do something, whatever that is, they should able to do it. I want to be a part of something that makes that happen.
If you’ve been following along from the beginning, you know that before I ventured out into the backcountry, I took a class from ORCKA called Canoe Tripping Leadership. It was an amazing experience and I learned all the skills needed to venture out into the woods. Most importantly, it gave me the confidence to finally venture out on a backcountry trip solo. I’ve always wanted to do that. I was pretty lucky to find the support to do the things that I wanted to do. I want everyone to have that chance.
The leader of that trip, Andy, also happens to work with people with disabilities, although in a different way. This is how I found out about Abilities in Motion. They offer adaptive paddling to people who may need some additional support. I recently had the chance to start volunteering with them, and I’d be thrilled if you’d check them out!
Give them a like, follow along, and if something strikes your fancy, feel free to get involved! I don’t think you’ll regret it. We can all be Renegades.