All good things must come to an end. Day 4 of the Summit
The final day of the 2015 No Barriers Summit kicked off with an emotional and inspirational closing ceremony.
A spontaneous live auction occurred for the canvas John Bramblitt painted live onstage during the opening ceremony, which sold for $10,000. That money will give more participants the opportunity to experience the Summit through the No Barriers scholarship fund.
Deaf jazz singer Mandy Harvey performed a heartfelt original song she wrote specifically for the No Barriers Summit. The lyrics spoke of accepting yourself and not allowing limitations to keep you stagnant.
Summit participants had the privilege of listening to a speech by Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan, Unicef world-changer and Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy patient. Her charity and unwavering compassion inspired us to get outside of ourselves and to help others no matter what we are personally facing.
When No Barriers co-founder and blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer gave the final speech, there was not a dry eye in the audience. Through his storytelling and inspiring visual clips, we journeyed with Erik through the onset of his retinoschisis to a brave rock climbing ascent aside his fellow blind friend Andy. Erik became emotional with the rest of the audience during the final clip, which documented his whitewater kayaking blind success through Lava Falls in the Grand Canyon. He spoke of the importance of having vision and the bravery to follow through with it.
Erik continues to be a testament to all of us that although fear is real and limitations can be crippling, they are no match for the power of the human spirit.
After the completion of the closing ceremony, participants rushed off to their final clinic of the Summit. Making a special emphasis on cultivating relationships that will transcend the distances they were about to depart for, this final clinic reinforced the importance of having a rope team before they went separate ways.
Although the Summit is challenging, it is not easy to leave. It is now the responsibility of the participants to take the knowledge and goals they have attained over the weekend and apply it to their personal lives – and ultimately sharing the powerful messages they obtained with their individual communities.
You don’t have to wait until next summer to #SummitWithUs. Reach your personal summit by pledging to live a No Barriers Life. Through confidence and determination, the drive that has been gained over the past four days can continue for a lifetime!
Don’t let the end of the Summit be the end of your No Barriers journey.
Through whatever barriers you face in the future, always remember: what’s within you is always stronger than what’s in your way!