But what’s most remarkable about Michael Mercado’s story, as related by Matthew R. Warren in this morning’s New York Times, is his positive outlook on life. Despite all the personal, emotional and physical pain he’s endured in his young life, Michael forges ahead.
His last operation was this past summer. He’s now back in school studying to be an auto mechanic. “Keep going” is what he believes.
His positive life outlook reminds me of what another remarkable and inspiring 20-year old also believed. Bryce Gillies died in a tragic accident at the Grand Canyon in July 2009. But before he died, on his smart phone, one of Bryce’s final messages was, “Life is good whether it is long or short.”
Michael Mercado isn’t looking backward nor is he pondering the hand that life has dealt him. Instead, he’s looking ahead at what life has yet to offer.