There are a lot of those firsts that you would not even wish against your worst enemy. Diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 9. Burying your father at age 12. Seeing that your best friend has lost both his legs at age 14. It’s a "good with the bad" type of lifestyle, indeed. Having experienced such life altering moments, you must learn to alter your outlook, as well.
Although I consider myself a recovering Catholic one phrase always stuck with me: When God closes a door, He opens a window. This suggests that with each ending there’s a new beginning waiting for you, but I’ve taken it a step further. Nothing ends, it only keeps going. Well, for a while there I was going and going like a little pink bunny that used to invade commercials in the 90s. In December of 2009, someone was telling me to slow down. I had my first seizure in two years while driving and hit a tree breaking both my ankles. I went through a short time of telling myself that it’s over. This is going to halt all my plans. Then I remembered that whole outlook thing. My father was with me in that car to make sure I didn’t injure myself further and my best friend was with me in the hospital. I still had my legs and, wow, here he was walking. So, like my best friend, I changed my outlook and said, “How many people can say they were fortunate enough to take their first steps twice?”
Scott Joel Gizicki is just another one of those new Los Angeles residents that acts and enjoys writing as well. After being born and raised in Detroit, he finally made it 3,000 miles to the city he's always wanted to live in this past August. He hopes he can stand out from the crowd; at least a little bit. :)