Omar's story is both inspiring and hopeful.
He shares how he overcame a terrible accident to become a better, stronger and kinder person. Omar helps us put things into perspective and to realise what is important, now more than ever, in this world.
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Hi, my name is Omar and this is my story…….
On March 29th 2015 I got into a high speed collision on my motorcycle in which I crashed into the back of an SUV.
I was helicoptered to the Broward County trauma centre in critical condition.
I suffered severe traumatic brain injury which left me in a deep coma for about 4 weeks and erased a lot of my memories. I had to re-learn a lot of things, and piece together my past from my family.
When I sleep, and sometimes when I am awake, I have flashbacks. My life is different now.
I have scars all over my body. They almost amputated my right arm. I’m glad they didn’t. There are screws and a rod in there now, connecting the bone, so I can function with it. But it feels different. I feel pain in it every day.
I wear glasses now too. And there’s other differences. I take pills to go to sleep. For the rest of my life, I have to take these pills, if I don’t take them I can’t sleep. And it’s horrible. There are a lot of other things wrong with me too.
The accident happened 10 days before I was supposed to turn 23.
I don’t remember much from before my accident, but I have been told that I had a lot of friends. I was very social and liked to be around people all the time.
Now I’m kind of the opposite. I still like to socialize but I don’t have friends, because of the brain damage, I don’t like to talk a lot.
And my emotions are all over the place since the accident.
I tried going back to college, but that didn’t work out, because of my memory and stuff. So I had to drop out. Instead I am working for my fathers business and I am going to help him grow that.
Now I just want to learn as much as I can and hopefully one day explore the world!
But it was a journey, and it wasn’t easy, to get to where I am now.
I can’t believe the time flew by so fast.
I was in a coma for just over four weeks, and when I eventually got out of the hospital, it was constant hospital visits and doctors appointments to check up on things. That continued for the next two to three years and some of it is still happening now.
When it first happened, I didn’t look like I do now, I was very weak with no muscle strength.
I couldn’t work out. I was in a wheelchair for a little bit. I had a lot of depression.
Sometimes the depression still comes, but I can fight it now.
I’m healthier, so my mind is functioning better. But back then, right when it happened and for a few years after, it was hard - fighting the depression and looking at myself.
It’s funny, that the most painful things usually teach you the most.
Now I feel good. Now I feel that the stuff that people say about ‘it’s a journey’.
Now I understand it.
I didn’t just hop out of the hospital bed and suddenly get better.
It took a lot of time, it took a lot of time, and it was not easy.
Being on this journey, in this life, you have got to do your best and make the most of it, by taking care of your health. Healthy body, healthy mind.
They go hand in hand.
Before I didn’t live like this.
Before, all I wanted to do was to party and just have fun. I still want to enjoy life, but I live with more of a purpose now.
I’m on a mission. I am working on myself everyday.
I take care of my body. This morning I ran and I worked out. Before my accident I was told that I used to smoke cigarettes, but I don’t smoke cigarettes anymore.
I don’t drink anymore either, I cut out alcohol completely. And little things, like I only drink water. I don’t drink soda anymore, I gave that up too.
This body is all I have really, so I want it to function at its highest potential.
I also read a lot about the brain and how to keep it functioning at its highest potential. I read stuff about the mind, the body, health and everything. And I watch lots of things on Youtube too. I watch lots of inspirational speakers, one of my favourites is David Goggins.
Sometimes I read stories about other people that went through something like I did.
About how they recovered and became these magnificent people. How they have these great careers and families and everything.
But it takes time. It takes time. It’s not overnight.
That’s why I want to share my story. To maybe, hopefully inspire someone.
I don’t just do things for fun anymore, I do them because, maybe you could say, I feel like there’s a 'grand design', and there is something in this 'grand design' that I have to accomplish.
I believe in the Collective Conscious and I understand that you have to do something in your mind, with your mind for a greater purpose.
I might not have a college degree or anything but I can still, until the day that I really die, work to better myself and accomplish something, for this planet and the people of this planet.
Like trying to better the world and the people that live in this world.
I am not some billionaire or anything yet, so it’s just those little things. Like when someone is walking towards me - I nod my head to show them respect or I smile at them. Holding the door open for people and things like that. Just little things.
It’s really not rocket science. It’s just small things you can do for anybody. If someone drops something I’ll pick it up for them.
If I ever become a business man or a millionaire, then I’ll travel the world and feed the poor people and everything, but until then, I’m looking for small things which are in my power to make someone else’s day better.
And especially now, in this world, it needs a lot of that right now.
Some people think kindness is kind of weakness you know.
That’s why I’m glad I have these scars, so people know that a strong person can be kind. I don’t fear to face anyone but I’m still kind to people.
Just because you are kind to people doesn’t mean you are weak.
My words of advice for anyone going through any kind of pain would be, I would say,
‘Don’t give up’.
It’s going to be hard but you’ve always got to find the will-power within yourself to just push that little bit harder, just push yourself. Find that other inch that you can go, or just last a second longer. And then that second turns into two seconds and then the next day it will be 3 seconds.
Little by little you can better yourself, just be pushing yourself and just find that little bit of strength in you to just push a little further.
There is always strength in the pain.
It’s like a pill designed to make you stronger. So whatever pain you are going through. Just know that in the end it is making you stronger. And making you who you are meant to be.
If you feel like you are a weak person or going through pain or something. Just now that you are going through that pain because you are strong enough to go through it.
That’s how I see things now!
I would like to thank everyone in the medical field who assisted in my survival and recovery.
And my family who's unconditional love has and still is helping me grow into a better person.
Thank you for reading my story.
This story is written in Omar's words as transcribed from an interview between himself and The Editor, March 2020. This story has been reformatted and abbreviated from the original interview transcription.
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