That's not to say every day is perfect. Walking is still challenging and I still have significant impairment. I wear leg braces, follow a training program for two-to-three hours per day and on the days when my legs feel more paralyzed, I have my chair or crutches on standby. But my struggle is now less visible. Only my trainers, those closest to me and I know the extent of the damage and the effort it takes for me to continue to progress each day. Only they see the thousands of hours of training, 15 different pairs of leg braces, three wheelchairs and all the blood, sweat and tears. Sometimes my recovery and the regimen I have to keep feels like a second job. But it's all worth it. It's been 10 years since I was able to look someone in the eye instead of staring at everyone's butts all day.
As it was evening and there was no chance of seeing outside though I was trying to get some natural air from outside. So I tried to find out the locks of the windows so that I can open those and got refreshed with natural air. Some of my fellow passengers were skeptical about my activities. They were looking at me crookedly. I failed to find the locks. Later on, I saw an air hostess coming towards our seats. I asked her where is the window locks so that I can open it. Hearing that, many passengers started smiling. I realized that something went wrong and I felt shy. The air hostess was polite enough to reply me by just saying - sir the windows of a plane can not be opened because of the risk factor. I actually didn’t need a powerpoint presentation to know that and I immediately understood that it got very embarrassing. The journey was around one hour long, and all the way I could not look at other passengers as I felt so shy.