I can hardly believe it’s really happening. I’ve been dreaming of this trip for a while now.
So much has happened since that fateful day. I don’t want to dwell on that day. I don’t want to dwell on the dark days that followed. I’m grateful that I’ve managed to overcome that. Now, I want to enjoy what I have now. I have a few fears about what I will encounter on the way. How will people react to this adventure of mine? Thankfully, I’ve met with nothing but encouragement. Encouragement and self-belief – the two things that have kept me going for many years now.
When I ride my motorbike I feel free. So it’s ironic that it was while sitting at the back of a motorcycle ten years ago, I lost my freedom. In 1997, I met with the accident. I am a paraplegic now. But nothing can keep me down now.
I dreamed, saved and got this modified bike. I can still remember the day I got my bike – it spelled freedom for me after years of being confined to my house for almost 10 years. I began to ride and slowly gained confidence. It enabled me to get out of my house, to become a social worker.
All the while I nurtured the dream of a long journey. I had to undertake it. It’s not just to prove something to myself, but also to bring a message to other people like me. And now, I’m on way with this dream journey. A journey from Jakarta to Bali on my bike! It’s a 1200 kilometre journey and I’m so happy to be undertaking it. I want to share my dream of freedom coming true with so many other like me.
An Inspiring Journey is a fictional account of the story of Sri Lestari, a paraplegic and a social worker with Wheels for Humanity Indonesia, an organization that supplies wheelchairs to people suffering from paraplegia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and the other diseases or events that deny people the use of their legs.