Ian RuderOne of the benefits of being the editor of NEW MOBILITY is getting to talk with fascinating people from all corners of the wheelchair-using spectrum. The search to find interesting stories to share with you often leads me down a rabbit hole of people who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible and redefining society’s expectations.

I’ll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell: It can be pretty overwhelming.

Community leaders with nonprofits that are saving lives, activists and advocates who are fighting for laws to help us, award-winning athletes, authors, inventors … the list goes on. It’s just as rich and deep as the list for society as a whole, and to be honest, I think the obstacles and complexities its members face make it even more interesting.

I don’t know what it’s like to deal with all of those obstacles, but I’ve dealt with my fair share and watched friends and people I know deal with them, and I know one thing: It’s never easy. Life is hard enough as is, but when you add in whole new levels of social and physical complications, well …

This brings me back to feeling overwhelmed by the general “kickass-ness” of our community. When I talk with people who are doing cool things, it inevitably leads me to the same question: How do these highly successful people do it? What is it about the way they live their lives that allows them to keep pushing forward?

I’m not too proud to admit that there have been long periods of my