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Where Do I Go From Here

When I saw the following picture, I remembered a post I had written earlier this year in which a baby was using an umbrella to fly. My inspiration for this post and the older one was an Orange County Register contest, “Dreamscape,” which required contestants to write a short story explaining a specific photo or drawing. Although the challenge no longer appears in the paper, I cannot avoid thinking about it whenever I see unusual photographs or drawings such as the one below.

Photo - art Anto Machado and Image Shared by Inna Narkevich

To keep the length of this post short, I will mention a few potential themes I considered for a short story that might explain the picture. The themes do not have to relate to enjoying life after brain injury, but the process of creating themes and writing short stories is an excellent cognitive exercise.

Possible Themes

  • I was a highly respected marine biologist prior to my brain injury; now I am wondering if there is anything I can do.
  • I cannot do what I used to do prior to my brain injury, but I have always dreamt of working with an animal rescue program.
  • I have always enjoyed sailing, maybe the gift of brain injury is I now have time to pursue my passion of sailing around the world.
  • We live happily in our world; perhaps, you can live happily in yours.
  • Turtles may be slow, but they get to where they were going.
  • I’ve been sitting on the bench and staring at the mural for hours; I hope the government didn’t use tax money to pay for the mural.

Your Turn

Please provide your comments and responses directly on the blog.

  • What story themes come to mind when you look at the picture?
  • If you could submit a picture of your choice for the contest, what picture would you submit and why?
  • What other cognitive exercises are similar to the one described in this post?
  • What is your favorite cognitive exercise and why?
  • What real-world strengths can you develop by writing titles, themes, or stories?

Thanks to Anto Machado for creating the picture used in this post, Inna Narkevich for sharing the picture, the Orange County Register for long ago hosting the story writing contest that inspired me to write this post, and all the other people who directly or indirectly made it possible to use the picture I included in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

6 Responses to “Where Do I Go From Here”

  • Anto Macahado says:

    http://antoshines.deviantart.com/

    This is my gallery.. you can check it if u want any of the picture in high quality you can ask me. I will give you.. i am not doing the art for business..I am a marine engineer.. I am doing art just as hobby.. so feel free to ask.. and I am so glad that you have credited me. And i am so happy that my art helps survivors of brain injury to kick start their cognitive processes. Thank you so much..

    • Scott says:

      Anto,

      I looked at your gallery, and I have some ideas for a future post, but I want to talk with you before I request another picture. I am too tired to write my questions right now. Hopefully I can get them together tomorrow night.

  • Anto Macahado says:

    Thanks a lot for using my pic and I am very happy that it impressed you..

    • Scott says:

      Anto,

      Your picture is not only enjoyed by many readers, it also helps survivors of brain injury kick start their cognitive processes. Everyone who sees the picture is told you created it. My artistic abilities stop at stick figures. I can draw a square house with a chimney, a rectangular stick tree, I consider myself somewhat of a master at drawing the rectangular stick car, and I have gained a few praises for my rendition of the stick penguin. Your art is beautiful and functional.

      Please let me know if there is a specific website were my curious readers can see your bio or gallery. A simple Google search provides too many possibilities.

      Scott

  • Trina Bradlee says:

    With relation to this post, my Favorite Cognitive Exercise is the brain Injury groups on Facebook, and the Internet, in general. They provide support, AND, importantly, interaction with others who understand what this has been like…Even though I have some friends and family who have stuck by me, and been supportive, no one can Really understand Brain. Injury, unless they’ve been Through it themselves.

    • Scott says:

      Trina,

      Thank you for sharing this fact. We are not alone. Sometimes after a brain injury, the survivor and the caregivers of the survivor feel that they are alone and nobody in the world understands them. As Trina pointed out there are many fantastic support groups on Facebook [Google+ and other social media sites] and the Internet in general. There are many people who understand exactly what we a going through because they either are or have been there themselves. I am strongly in favor of participating in support groups moreso than individual “I can get through this on my own” plans.

      Thank you for sharing your comment.

      Scott


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.