Gabriel Najera in Akumal, May 23 & 24th


It has been a while since I wrote something for the blog, and now that I finally have time to do it, I wish to share something completely different. It has nothing to do with wildlife, or conservation, or natural resources. It does however have a lot to do with human nature.

Those of you who know me, know that six years ago my mother had both hands amputated. Obviously it was an experience you don´t wish on anyone. But despite all the pain and difficulties that such a drastic change has meant in my mother´s life, I can honestly say- without hesitation- that it has also been a blessing, because of the example of strength and courage which she has given all who know her. It has not been easy. And yet she prefers to be grateful for the 60 years she had hands, than to complain about missing them now. And she enjoys her life much more than many healthier people. It has been a privilege to witness strangers thank her simply for living her daily life. Because the truth is that when we see somebody like that, we realise we have no right to complain about those minor inconveniences which we stumble upon daily.

For those of you who are not lucky enough to have somebody like that in your life, I invite you to visit Gabriel Najera´s website, which is appropriately titled, “If I can, you can”. Gabriel was born without arms, with legs that are too short, and feet which are deformed. However, what is most amazing about him is that he is an independent person, perfectly capable of driving his car, dressing himself, and repairing computers.

He is also a renowned public speaker who travels the world sharing his experiences and his inspiring philosophy. To my friends in Quintana Roo, I invite you to join us for his talks in Akumal on the 23rd and 24th of May. On the 23 he will speak in English at the Ukana Stage (Grateful Dead stage) at 6 p.m. On the 24th he will speak in Spanish at the basketball court in the “pueblo”, at 7:00 p.m.

019 TAO Foundation (Flyer)

He will also be snorkelling with our good friends at EZSnorkel.

These events will be free and open to all, but we wish to show our gratitude to Gabriel by asking you to make an online donation.

David Nuñez is a biologist, photographer and author of   several books on the Wildlife of the Mexican Caribbean, as well as a founding member of Mexiconservación.

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