Ian RuderOne of the benefits of being the editor of NEW MOBILITY is getting to talk with fascinating people from all corners of the wheelchair-using spectrum. The search to find interesting stories to share with you often leads me down a rabbit hole of people who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible and redefining society’s expectations.

I’ll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell: It can be pretty overwhelming.

Community leaders with nonprofits that are saving lives, activists and advocates who are fighting for laws to help us, award-winning athletes, authors, inventors … the list goes on. It’s just as rich and deep as the list for society as a whole, and to be honest, I think the obstacles and complexities its members face make it even more interesting.

I don’t know what it’s like to deal with all of those obstacles, but I’ve dealt with my fair share and watched friends and people I know deal with them, and I know one thing: It’s never easy. Life is hard enough as is, but when you add in whole new levels of social and physical complications, well …

This brings me back to feeling overwhelmed by the general “