“That’s [running is] what I look forward to when I roll out of bed. It’s freeing. An hour of quiet, peaceful therapy.”
- Brandon L.
Camrose, Alberta Canada
Via The Edmonton Journal
"The bullying, unfortunately, at school led to me having a nervous breakdown when I was 18 and, unfortunately, I tried to take my own life. I, like many kids who are being bullied, didn't talk about it. It took me a long time to deal with it and I have dealt with it now. Running has been one of those things that has allowed me to express myself in ways that I never would have been able to express myself before. It gives me that sense of freedom. For me, it gives me that opportunity to have my own views and my own objectives in life."
"I love cycling most of all because it gives me freedom. It's about being outside, the wind in your hair (that's right, you don't always have to wear a helmet) and the sights and sounds of life in the city or countryside. Why would anyone want to have an cycle exercise machine or go to a spinning class? Just get on a bike and go somewhere."
"Being able to run is a reward. I’ve spent so much time lying in bed waiting to be helped up just to take a sip of water. When my body cooperates, I run no matter what the weather and feel thankful for the gift of freedom to move my body."
"Admittedly, not every day is a great day. When I need to lift my spirits, I get onto my canary-yellow hand cycle, which is powered by my arms instead of my legs. It gives me back the exhilarating sense of freedom that I used to get from running. The thick runner tires glide over dirt and curves, so I don't have to pay attention to every little bump as I do win my wheelchair. In it, I can go almost wherever I want. I feel liberated. I'm alive."
"...every time he looks out his bedroom window kids are biking by, and now he can go too! And he can take his dog!"
"...looking forward to having more freedom and not being so stroller dependent to go to the park and the trails."
"my daughter walks but with limited mobility. With this (bike) she has freedom!"
"Moving brings me closer to how I am, to who I am supposed to be. For me, running is freedom, aspiration, and opportunity in one."
"If I ever get in a bad mood, I look at my peers with their oxygen bags, put on skates and smile."