Thursday, June 20, 2013
From Professional Athlete to Incapacitated in a Moment Alone
Imagine watching TV at home, then getting up to leave the room, and all of a sudden, without warning, you can't walk. Not just a blip on the radar, you're faced with a long and painful rehab, unanswered questions, and struggling to learn how to move, when it once seemed seamless.
That's the story of former professional lacrosse player +jim moss.
Moss was considered one of the top box lacrosse players in the world. He's been a member of Team Canada, had numerous all star appearances and accolades, and has been one of the game's biggest ambassadors. He won a Mann Cup with Brampton in 2002 and was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame.
While it is difficult to put ourselves into his position, knowing what it is like to be an elite athlete in one moment then have your legs cave in the next, what makes Moss' story even more remarkable is his attitude. He never looked at this situation as permanent.
The story gets better after he realizes that he is more than just an athlete, that his physical condition does not dictate who he is as a person. That's when he set off to inspire the world by sharing his gratitude for the little moments of happiness in social media. It's a concept that exploded, and then The Smile Epidemic was born.
He explains more in an interview with +Virtual Newsmakers.