Member of Biographers International Organization
ABOUT MARK ELSWICK
I am always excited to learn about the paths that people have taken to defy the odds. Quite often, these stories detail what many outsiders believe to be impossible comebacks. Each journey tugs at my heart strings because I, too, have been at that ugly point in life where rebounding from adversity seems highly unlikely. Today, bringing these heroic achievements, aka biographies, to the forefront is my sole objective.
"A setback is only a setup for a comeback."
As a 23-year-old, an automobile accident brought me face-to-face with the unenviable task of re-starting my life. I had to relearn to walk, talk, and, basically, live after being turned into a shell of the athletic, outgoing, "old me." Medical experts' predictions of death were ?upgraded? to the warning that I would live a vegetative life IF I ever regained consciousness.
So, why is that important nearly three decades later?
No matter the size, some huge and some small, each and everyone of us will go through adversity in our lives. Days, weeks, years, and, even, decades following that adversity could be labeled the real Incredible Journey. When adversity knocks us off our paths in life, it creates feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness. (Trust me! I used to live there.) The uphill climb to try and get back to ourself is more difficult than imaginable. Therefore, I want my story and the stories I share to leave an impressionable mark on those struggling to regain or find themselves.
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss,
you'll land among the stars."
-- Norman Vicent Peale
Nearly three decades after my accident, I am still only 75-ish% of who I was before my severe brain injury. My struggles and flops have made me 75% more than those "experts" predicted at that time. So, who better to tell some unbelievable, biographical stories of surviving and thriving than a man once on death's doorstep who has, well, survived to thrive.
"You don't have to be great to start,
but you do have to start to be great."
-- Zig Ziglar