The other day we traveled to have some lunch in the middle of Phuket. We went to a waterpark to meet a fellow African on an adventure of her own.
When I heard the term waterpark I thought of a place with rides and rapids, potentially lots of kids… It was quite different, we walked into a very chilled atmosphere where a restaurant overlooks a lake that is set up for wake boarding. It was an awesome day filled with a lot of laughter and some great food.
There were some good tunes playing on the sound system and we ordered food while watching wake boarders come and go. The sense of community was overwhelming, with the owner Rebecca chatting to people and making everyone feel welcome. It seemed like one big family, even the dogs to involved on the boards later in the day.
The most striking thing I saw was a guy with one leg who was wake boarding. I had to do a double take but it was a truly awesome sight. He had no fear, just a big smile on his face - he was truly in the moment.
After a little digging online I found a news story on him, and knew that I had to share his journey. His name is Mac Rosen (Mackie) and he is a professional Wake Boarder from Phuket. He lost his leg during a competition run where he landed a trick and popped his knee out. He was taken up to Bangkok hospital and after his 6th surgery in a single week he woke up to find his left leg missing from the knee down.
It was an unfortunate accident that happened whilst he was doing the sport he loved so much; the accident left him devastated but his attitude towards the sport from a young age was never to give up. He simply applied that to his new situation and with the support of his friends and family at Anthem WakePark in Phuket he is back on the water again; “I’ve come back (from surgery) alive, so I should pursue my dream!"
A few months ago Rebecca and Mackie’s friends from Anthem threw a fundraiser to get him back on his board and to cheer him up - it was a gathering of people for a great cause, to show support for another person. The most striking thing that I have found in the different places that I have lived and traveled to over the years is that in every single community there are people who inspire others to be better than they were doing the day before.
Mackie could have easily let his set back rule his life instead he chose to get back to the things he loves with the people he loves. I truly believe his mindset shows that you should live your life the way you want to, work around your limitations but don’t let them define you. If you check out the video at the end of this post you can see his story in his own words and even watch him take to the water on one leg!
I have first hand experience with trying to wake board, I couldn’t even stand up in the first hour of trying, so for a guy to actually do it with one leg… Well, all I can say is that I have mad respect for him and for his determination to keep going in the face of adversity.
I hope that you can take something from his story today, learn from his resilience, self belief and pursuit of what makes him happy. See if you can apply some of that good energy into your life going forward, people gravitate towards the inspirational people in this world, the question you have to ask yourself is:
“WHO AM I GOING TO INSPIRE TODAY?"
Have a great start to your week.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.