Whenever my feet are pounding as I end a busy 12-hour shift spend continously standing, I am reminded of my older brother who lived through a nearly-fatal motorcycle accident two years ago that resulted in a T4 vertebral fracture that severed his spinal cord taking with it, not only the ability to walk, but his continence, fertility, and a host of other everyday things I previously took for granted. Despite all that, he returned to his full-time career as an engineer just six months later, and has resumed a seeminly "normal" life.
Everyday he overcomes new challenges presented to him because of his spinal cord injury, and rises above them to live a very active life. In December, he modified a 4-wheeled ATV with a leg strap, hand controls, and additional padding to prevent leg burns so that he can satisfy his need for speed. Last week, when I needed carpentry help, we hoisted him up a flight of stairs so he could help me remodel my master bathroom.
So, when I feel that a challenges is more than I can ever accomplish, I think of him. He is my inspiration, and he reminds me that my mind is the only thing that will stop me from realizing my dreams.