How does my building a boat and taking other's out for a day on the water help?
1. It’ll inspire others
Being disabled, there are a great many things that we are unable to do. That can leave us feeling useless. With so many limitations it's hard to imagine being able to complete huge projects. By any measure, the build I'm about to embark on is a huge project. I will prove that it can be done and hopefully inspire others that have a disability to not shy away from large plans and to follow their dreams.
2. Recreation for the disabled
Being unable to do things due to our health is a given, but those of us that are disabled also have a difficult challenge in making time and money available for recreation activities. The worst thing about that is recreation is incredibly important for keeping spirits up and dealing with the issues our maladies inflict on us. Being able to take others out, free of charge to them, is a goal worthy of being undertaken.
3. Comradery through Independence
Along with feelings of uselessness, we tend to also feel too dependent on others for our basic needs. Being able pass on the skills to catch and prepare our own food, maintain and handle a boat, and all the while doing that with other disabled veterans that share a common bond is a great thing.
4. Thank the Deserving
It's difficult to be so dependent on others and not always have a way to give back. I hope to not only take disabled veterans out on the water, but give them a chance to invite at least one person who has been instrumental in their rehabilitation. That will give them a chance to share a great time on the water and hopefully for a little bit, forget all about the trials and tribulations of being disabled.
This project is a long term project. The building of the boat alone could take 6-8 years. It seems incredibly daunting when you look at everything at once. However, when you take it a step at a time, it begins to become more manageable. There are a vast amount of smaller goals to shoot for that will make the build seem as though progress is always being made.
I wish I could do this all on my own. But I need help in many forms.