Homeless Survivor Story
Or a joy at the sight of the sun shining its light on you? Or a smile when you realize
that it is a brand new day?
Some, or all, of those feelings pass across everyone's mind at various times throughout the extraordinary journey we call life. For some though, these ideas come all at once. People that have come back from the very edge of life, so to speak. Folks who have overcome serious hardships. Individuals who have come back and recovered.
We call them Survivors.
Survivors of disease, disability, injuries, etc., there are many, many around us each day. Through fate, determination, hard work, modern medicine and sheer luck a countless array of people can be called survivors. And each and every one of their stories is worth telling.
These tales are often interesting and intriguing. They can be amazing and inspirational. They can even have elements of humor.
Having said that, let me introduce myself. My name is Larkin. I am the founder of True Survivors. I have found all survivor tales I have read, seen or been told to be in a word, incredible. Yes, they have inspired me when I myself needed such inspiration.
At times, I had to hear others stories to help me on my own journey back. I am also a survivor. I suffered a bad injury back in 1999. My recovery has been ongoing and yes at times noteworthy. So I decided to share my story first. In all hopes my tale can and will get the 'ball rolling' so to speak. And others will share their accounts of recovery.
While my tale and experience is full of tremendous obstacles and very tough climbs there are countless other individuals who have overcome way, way more than I have. Their ability to fight and win their battles is what truly created this site. Their stories inspired me to share mine. Let us hope my telling will spark others to do likewise. Each and Every tale is not only an interesting and at times compelling account of individual strength and resolve, but is also a way to help others. By sharing your story you give others a gift. A gift from the heart. You can make many, many others - be it the casual reader to those recovering themselves - feel a new way about themselves and the world. Your words are your testament to the principle that we are all on this journey together, and only together will we reach our destination. So step up and share your story or even a story you have heard.
A few have been gathered in addition to mine. Just click HERE
Being on the very edge of life and seeing how much there is that you may leave behind, gives a curiously fresh and new viewpoint on all things. From fighting back to life, from seeing all that the great gift of life gives every day, from feeling how much a smile can awaken you and make you feel truly alive. All these things open your eyes. You can see all you have in front of you and know that is all just one step away.
While one of the purposes of True Survivors is to share the, at times, incredible stories of those who have been survivors, there are other individuals whom this small spot on the web is truly honoring. All those who fought just as hard, struggled just as much, even inspired us as much, if not more.
Those who lost their battle. Each survivor owes so much to those who have fought before them. Yes, we no longer have some with us here physically, but their fights gave all the survivors the courage to fight their own battles. Their struggles shone a light for all people, especially those who had to face similar difficulties and hardships.
This idea or notion of 'True Survivors' is dedicated to those who we have lost, they are an inspiration to us all. They fought not only for themselves but for all of us. And the bravery and determination displayed and accounted in all the stories of survival not only serve as a testament to the strength and ability we all have but also are a monument to all those who fought as hard, if not harder and came up short. Their, at times, untold stories are the real motivation towards us all. The reason to fight on and live another day is not only for yourself but for all who have come before you. And what they left behind for us is an incredible power. A power that drives. A power that lifts. A power that gives. The power of HOPE. All survivors give thanks for the hope that those we have lost have given, the hope that saved us.
Surviving is an effort that each and every living thing is instinctively compelled to do. Still aside from the biological laws that govern us, there are other more amazing reasons to survive. We each are literally a unique piece of the grand puzzle we call the Universe. Yes, today every person knows that they are one in a million. Or really one in 7 billion or even 24 billion! (or however many people have lived from the beginning of time). While everyone is similar and we all have much to share, each soul is different. Each has different talents, different joys, different loves and most of all, different lives.
The differences are what bring us together. We must always try and share those differences as long as we can.....
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