“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
I met Mike and Tim about ten years ago and knew they had a unique and transcendent bond that gave each other the missing wing that the Roman poet, Lucretius, wrote about over 2,000 years ago.
Early on it was obvious their relationship was organic. Mike and Tim were two lost souls looking for their place in the world. They enjoyed who they were with each other, and because of that, they began a journey that would bring their story to inspire us all. Their story is more than one of friendship – it is one of perseverance, kindness, learning, and caring.
Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. These are three simple words that Mike and Tim have made their mantra and serve as the bedrock of their message to us all. When I first saw Handicap This!, I noticed they kept coming back to this message: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. It really did not hit me how eloquent and deep their message was until days later. They took the trials and tribulations they face on a daily basis and condensed them into three words. Not only that, they made a show out of three words. I sat back and realized Handicap This! is more than their story – it is Mike and Tim’s message to show us that if they can work through adversity, so can we. After all, life does not turn out the way we want. It just turns out. It is our choice how we react to the circumstances.
It is my belief Handicap This! provides a way for us all to understand what makes us shine from inside ourselves and casts away shadows of doubt and misunderstanding that so often cloud the opportunities for us to work together for a common good. Mike and Tim took me on a journey of self-doubt, ridicule, joy, failure, success, laughter, and triumph. They reaffirmed humanity’s goodness that we all possess, but for whatever reason, we are unable to fully express it to one another.
Mike and Tim taught me that we are indeed angels with only one wing, hobbled in ways both obvious and not. Handicap This! is a powerful message to show us that we all have something we need help accomplishing – life. It is in all things then, good or bad, easy or challenging, that it behooves us to support and recognize each other. In this way, we share the hardships of difficult times, making them easier to bear, and conversely, have the opportunity to share our joys and accomplishments without restraint. We should rest assured knowing that we will never fall as far as we could, and we can soar higher than we ever thought, if we learn how to be kind to ourselves and each other and do this together.
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