The Netflix Original; “Roll With Me” chronicling Gabriel Cordell’s trek across the United States is an absolute must-see documentary. Rain or shine, he and a motley crew of seven traversed across the United States starting in California with the intention of reaching New York in a way that has never been done before. How? In an ordinary, everyday, unmodified wheelchair!
When I pressed play to start the documentary, I have to admit that I wasn’t really committed to watching this in its entirety. It was late in the evening and I wasn’t quite ready to go to bed so I wanted to find something that I didn’t care about falling asleep on. Not only did I not fall asleep, I was wide awake with the possibilities of my own untapped potential.
Watching “Roll With Me” made me think about the phrase, “my road to recovery”, that I use so often in my personal life. I’ve used that phrase as a metaphor to describe the events, experiences and circumstances that I experience while healing from a spinal cord injury. Watching “Roll With Me” has caused me to consider that maybe the road I’ve created and am traveling on might be a little too smooth, too wide, level and evenly paved with nary a crack or crevice to get caught up on. One might ask, well what the heck is wrong with that? Well nothing really if you don’t wish to push your boundaries, challenge yourself and experience growth.
“Roll With Me” struck a chord with me. It reminded me that complacency is unacceptable in my life and that everyday is an opportunity to reach out into the world and have a positive impact on the lives of others just as Gabriel Cordell did in his 3,100 mile, coast to coast, journey where he conquered every imaginable obstacle.
Wheelchair or no wheelchair, do yourself a favor and watch this documentary, you will walk/roll away feeling like you can and will conquer the world!!!