Independence, dreams, possibilities. These three words present limitless potential for millions of kids around the world. Many days these kids get up and head off to school to learn what will be the foundation of their future careers. Other days the kids get up and the biggest decision they have to make is whether they will play baseball or basketball all day long. They have the ability to make those decisions because their bodies allow them to. They are not challenged by a left arm that refuses to work quite right or a right leg that may not be there anymore. Nor do they have to worry about transferring themselves from their bed to their wheelchair. Making sure someone is close by to change their oxygen tank (1 of 25 they will go through on a daily basis) is not a necessity. Many of the kids who are not faced with these issues think they have it "rough" because they didn't get the newest video game as soon as it was released or their iphone is not the most recent model.
One day for any of these kids (or adults for that matter) in a pediatric hospital would most certainly change their perspective. Spend 2 minutes in a pediatric oncology unit or talk to the kids in the cardiac ward and tell me that the video games or cell phones really matter. Talk to the kid in the rehabilitation hospital who is learning to walk with his new prosthetic leg and explain to me how you can get upset because you hit your tee shot into the water. You can't. Yet while you talk to the kids in any of these areas you will see some common threads. They are likely smiling more than you are. Almost all of them (if not all) have a better perspective and outlook on life than you do. All of them are working for some independence, they are creating and chasing their dreams, and they all want to know what possibilities await them when they are released to go home.