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Never Stop Experiencing Life

February 28, 2015

Never Stop Experiencing Life

What better way to seek out experiences than to actually live in as many different locations as possible. And when I say ″different,” I mean “different.” First I lived in Long Island, New York, with its access to New York City: Broadway musicals, sporting events, concerts, tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping yet, on the down side, little sense of community with each town melding into the next and a certain degree of constant tension, stress, even hostility.

Next I lived in western Massachusetts for college with its small-town feel and laid-back attitude. This was followed by Boston, Massachusetts, a city of neighborhoods and loyal friends, great historical significance, plus my favorite baseball team. Next, upstate New York on the Finger Lakes to attend an Ivy League law school with buildings truly covered in ivy. Not much to do but study, which was a good thing.

On to Houston, deep in the heart of Texas, a young, vibrant city with a great night-life, friendly people and good barbeque. Next stop, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mardi Gras, Cajun food, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, a place like no other, a constant party. Contrast that with a move to Westfield, a bedroom community in northern New Jersey; very family-oriented. Finally my last stop, Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Although you can visit more places in your lifetime, nothing compares with the everyday experience of actually living somewhere. Living with people from different areas enhances your ability to successfully, ″get into their shoes.″ This helps you to understand the actions of others and anticipate how they will react to a given situation—a tremendous advantage. A broad variety of experiences develops the ability to exercise good judgment.

Testimonials

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.

MARY SPREMULLI VOICE AEROBICS

Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL