It took a bit of searching to answer those ten words.
I wrote back:
I have, what has felt like, three lives.
In the military, I was excellent at my job and enjoyed living in so many different cultures. My highest point in that career occurred while I was teaching at the US Army Intelligence and Security Command and School. I was awarded the Master Instructor Certification. This recognition is given by civilian educators from the US Army Training and Doctrine Command at the Department of Defense. Videos are reviewed of your teaching techniques, and samples of your ability to research develop, write, evaluate and revise technical and geopolitical lesson plans are scrutinized. One instructor a year is chosen from each branch of service. I was honored. I miss teaching and wish I had a profession that lent itself to that endeavor.
After my injury and year long hospitalization, I challenged myself to pursue a new career and lifestyle that would demonstrate and assist others to realize that, "Life exists after traumatic injury or illness and can be even better than the life you sought before." I studied recreation as a form of rehabilitation and reintegration for individuals within their family, community, and to reestablish intimacy with those who cared for and about them.
As an athlete, having the privilege to represent my country at the 1988 Seoul and the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. To enter a stadium behind your nation's flag and seeing hundreds of thousand spectators is an overwhelming sense of pride, joy, and honor. To have achieved 3 gold, a silver, and 2 bronze medals in my sport felt like justifying my country's belief in me as an ambassador and a representation of what IS possible.
I suppose the greatest of these times has been the interweaving threads of joy, fear, pride and challenge in being a parent and watching my children strive to succeed.
I can hardly wait to see what the next chapter offers...
It is interesting what we can learn about ourselves when asked a poignant question!