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Flexible funded project: This project will be funded on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On June 9th 1999, my life, as I knew it, took an irreversible turn. I was 29 at the time, married and father to a two and a half year old child, holding a position in an internationally renown hitech firm. On my way to work, in a matter of seconds, my life shattered into thousands of particles, which will take me many of the coming years to re-assemble.
I was pronounced clinically dead. Nevertheless, countless life saving operations took place. However, what was my life, was no more, literally erased, and I set out on the long journey of rehabilitating and adjusting to the new realities life had in store for me. I was to live the rest of my life as a disabled person with a severe and very challenging handicap. It was to be accompanied by ceaseless pain, providing me a steady constant reminder of the trauma I underwent.
The recovery period was very long, almost endless, (In fact to this day, though 17 years have passed, I still feel as though I am in recovery)……until I slowly came to the realization that I shall never ever me the Nati I was, never to be the person I had grown to become.
I literally had to get to know a new person in myself, with 100% paralysis. I had to learn to love that new me, connect with that new person, listen to the inner voices, and even dare to dream.
However, that too was to be rudely interrupted. In 2008, following the lengthy recovery period, parallel to 3 years of intensive training and preparations for the Beijing Paralympics in which I was to represent my nation, Israel, I was involved in yet another accident.
In another fatal split second, my dream was shattered yet again. All those thousands of particles I had gathered and put together in the new me, exploded in all directions, and here I was, back to square one, taken back in time to a point years before…..
This accident took place when I was finally beginning to feel on top of the world, able to breathe freely and deeply, overcoming that long unending ordeal. The road to Beijing was lined with my warm supporting family, an admiring press and warm enveloping community at large. In one instant, yet again, it all shattered. This time though, my broken soul was almost beyond repair.
I lost faith in myself and in my environment. I lost HOPE! I lost the taste for life and the urge to meet the new challenge.
I did not have the mental and spiritual strength to meet the challenges of the new recovery process I was to undergo.
I shall let you experience the crazy course of my fragile life, as well as the continuation of my story with this short clip!
In the course of this endless captivating journey of learning, adapting, gathering life experiences, I am now at the stage of having the burning urge of bringing this bag full of LIFE and share it for the benefit of all!
In my youth I never dreamed of being influential. I am not one to voice my opinion at every opportunity, yet as I follow the course of this tumultuous life of mine, I have learned that despite the huge hurdles and difficulties, I must open up to the world around me, express my thoughts and share my story, for the sake of OTHERS!
My greatest encouragement came from those who heard my story, and subsequently invited me to private lectures in schools, with youth movements and in organizations. Today, as a professional in a new career, I have developed effective workshops in Crisis Management.
All along the way, I meet special and fascinating people with complicated life experiences. Nothing moves me more than ending a lecture or workshop and having people come up to me, exclaiming how I influenced them and could assist them at changing their life course.
Among my many dreams, the greatest of them is to reach as many people as possible, pass them this inner of inner feelings, that one can overcome almost anything if one only wants, if one believes in oneself!
I am accompanied by two professionals for whom I have the greatest respect and love, director Noam Oz and photographer Boaz Rabinowitz. These two huge hearted people raised the idea of making my life journey into a documentary. The film will follow the course I have been on since 1999, the crises, the long uphill battles and the recovery processes, all with the purpose to instill hope in those whose lives have taken a southbound turn.
On June 9th 2016, we shall mark precisely 17 years to the accident that changed my life permanently. On that day I intend climbing the winding Stelvio Pass in Italy, using only my hands and arms, accompanied by a film crew.
The mountain pass I shall climb is not just my personal challenge. It symbolizes anyone's challenge when on the edge of an abyss in life….
No mountain is too high to climb and no crisis is impossible to overcome!
The rationale behind this documentary is to create a symbolic challenge that can be applied in the experience of anyone undergoing deep life crises and provide the incentive to push ahead and overcome the recovery process with sheer willpower.
As the team and I advance in filming, we know we are creating a lifetime masterpiece that will take viewers well beyond any vision we may have had at the onset.
Who is the documentary intended for?
The film is intended for all. For those who wish to take command of their lives, those in need to believe first and foremost in themselves, for those who are dealing with traumatic events, for people who wish to succeed at managing their lives (career, self confidence, partner relationships, dealing with life obstacles, accidents, paralysis), especially to those who wish to maintain happiness at any given moment.
We need your support!
Helping funding this project will make you partners in the first stage of the journey. It will allow free admission to a lecture or workshop, or to book your own lecture or workshop for friends or business colleagues.
The funds raised will go towards the travel expenses of the professional team and their equipment, the transport of bikes, the rental of a motorcyclist to move the film crew along the route, as well as miscellaneous expenses related to my stay in Italy.
I invite you to join me in the first stage of my journey of overcoming again and again against all odds, the recovery processes from repeated almost fatal road accidents. From the transformation of a youth into a 100% handicapped person, through two and half years of repeated medical procedures, my rise to almost unachievable heights, my regression almost to the starting point following the second accident and the repeated ascent to recovery once again….
Your assistance in this first stage will be recognized with worthy gifts I have prepared as a token of my appreciation.
Please join me and chose to invest in me, either yourselves or anyone you feel could benefit from this experience.
Thank you for your support!
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Everyone has something that affects and directs his life. For me it was my car accident in 1999 and 100% disability that changed the life. Crises have taught me that quality of life is really a matter of self-determination.Thanks to my story I created a model of life that is not Surrendering to limitation.I represented Israel at the Paralympic Games in Beijing and London - as Israel national champion riding a hand bike.In Beijing Olympics 2008 I was injured again, and I had to start all of rehabilitation I am the first Israeli handicap that finished - IRONMAN by hands only.Today I coach, lecturer and do workshop for organizations.
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