During my senior year of college, an advisor gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me ever since.
We were discussing the ways to handle obstacles and challenges in any situation when she began using a simple brick wall as an example. She mentioned that there are two ways people handle many of life’s obstacles: those who see the wall as a large roadblock and those who see the wall as nothing more than a combination of bricks that can be dismantled one by one.
Avid skateboarder Daniel Mancina is one of the latter. After being diagnosed with a rare eye disease, Mancina could have let his gradual blindness get the better of him, but instead, he’s taking his hopes and dreams to the next level.
Mancina was diagnosed with retinitis pigments (RP), a disease that slowly deteriorates a person’s vision, when he was just 13.
Over the last five years, Mancina’s RP has caused him to lose complete sight in his left eye.
His right eye is starting to go now. Mancina estimates he has just about five percent of his peripheral vision left in his right eye.
Despite his worsening condition, he never lets his blindness get the better of him.
He continues to live out each day doing the things he loves.
He’s an avid hunter and fisherman.
He’s also willing to try any sport.
When he's not defying the odds, Mancina enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
But one of Mancina’s largest passions is skateboarding.
After high school, Mancina moved to California to work in an extreme sports shop and he’s been infatuated with skating ever since.
Mancina built himself a wooden box with a device that helps guide him around the pavement in order to pull off some pretty amazing skateboarding moves.video-player-present
But he isn’t just settling with skating around his neighborhood.
After entering the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition contest, he hopes to win the competition and use his winnings to skate around the world.video-player-present
The Holman Prize awards some of the most adventurous sight-impaired people the financial means to chase their dreams.
Mancina hopes to raise the expectations people have about blind people and show them that there are no limits when it comes to achieving your goals.
He plans on traveling the world, filming himself skating, and encouraging as many blind people as possible to follow the paths they choose.
(via Laughing Squid)