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Pete – Do you ever feel guilty?

Pete – Do you ever feel guilty?

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I feel guilty that my injury is so low and that I am so able. It’s not fair to myself. I think it’s probably similar to like a survivor’s guilt. If everyone perished in a plane crash, the one survivor, I’ve heard, often feels guilty because t... Show More

I feel guilty that my injury is so low and that I am so able. It’s not fair to myself. I think it’s probably similar to like a survivor’s guilt. If everyone perished in a plane crash, the one survivor, I’ve heard, often feels guilty because they were able to survive. When I had my accident, I thought, “oh, if I had only this or if I had only that, to make it better for myself.” For every ‘if’ to my benefit, there’s another ‘if’ to my detriment. And so, if I had been going a little bit slower or little bit faster, maybe I would’ve broken my neck, up higher and I would have more limitations. And I work in an environment where I see people who in the same random sets of circumstances, they came out in a situation that is going to provide them with greater challenge than I have been confronted with. So, I do carry a little bit of guilt. It’s not reasonable but I do carry a little bit of guilt.

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Pete – Do you ever feel guilty?

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Injured in 2004 at age 33, paraplegic
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I feel guilty that my injury is so low and that I am so able. It’s not fair to myself. I think it’s probably similar to like a survivor’s guilt. If everyone perished in a plane crash, the one survivor, I’ve heard, often feels guilty because they were able to survive. When I had my accident, I thought, “oh, if I had only this or if I had only that, to make it better for myself.” For every ‘if’ to my benefit, there’s another ‘if’ to my detriment. And so, if I had been going a little bit slower or little bit faster, maybe I would’ve broken my neck, up higher and I would have more limitations. And I work in an environment where I see people who in the same random sets of circumstances, they came out in a situation that is going to provide them with greater challenge than I have been confronted with. So, I do carry a little bit of guilt. It’s not reasonable but I do carry a little bit of guilt.

Pete – Do you ever feel guilty?
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