I would wager that we have all, at one point or another, encountered a person whose situation is anything but ideal. Perhaps they’ve recently endured a tragic loss; maybe they’re struggling financially; regardless of their specific situation, sometimes, it takes an occurrence to meet someone who has been dealt a far shitter hand at life than ourselves to realize just how damn good we have it.
It is easy enough to get caught up in life and all of its business and, as a result, lose sight of what we are grateful for, taking advantage of this very goodness in the process. Sometimes, a stern reminder of the good things we have in life is needed.
I recently endured one of these necessary reminders while once again watching Queer Eye. If you’re looking to get absolutely emotionally fucking wrecked by a television series in a simultaneously sad and happy way, Queer Eye is for you.
One of the episodes in the newest and seventh season of the series features a young man from New Orleans who goes by the name Speedy. This young man, at the age of 18, was involved in a car accident in which his mother and auntie, both in the car with Speedy, were killed. Speedy was paralyzed from the chest down and now uses a wheelchair.
A few months after this devastating incident, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, isolating Speedy to an even further and more severe extent, mentally and physically, in an already incredibly isolating time. Yet, despite the obstacles and challenges he is facing and will continue to face, he is so kind, optimistic, hard-working and motivated to accomplish his goals. You can check out his Instagram page here – he posts fitness content.
Watching this young man’s strength, grace and resilience was a stern reminder to kick myself in the ass in the context of perspective and be more mindful of the many blessings, privileges and opportunities I have in my life.
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