Occupy Your Mind: Great Indoor Hobbies for Wheelchair Users

I feel it’s important to have hobbies and interests, find new ways to occupy your brain with stuff. Hobbies or sports that get you thinking or moving are great options. For me, I like to play video games, watch TV and movies. It’s how I learned to act! Watching TV and movies was great research for me. Here are some other activities I enjoy.

Playing Wheelchair Rugby

I really enjoy playing wheelchair rugby. I’m a part of a team called Oscar Mike Militia. It’s my rookie season but I’m having a lot of fun. The game is very physical. When we play wheelchair rugby, we use special chairs that are designed to be tough. We usually end up ramming the crap out of each other.

Growing Bonsai Trees

Last year, I took on a challenge to grow some bonsai trees. A bonsai tree is a Japanese art form where you grow small trees in containers that mimic the size, shape and scale of real trees.  They are so cool! A bonsai tree can be passed from one generation to the next, like a family heirloom. The trees are so intricate and small. You can shape them however you want, which is really cool. For the last year, I’ve been raising one of my own and it keeps me engaged, putting my mind at work. When you occupy your mind, you tend to feel a lot better. You feel accomplished. So, I suggest or challenge you to do something that occupies your mind.

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.

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