My name is Arash and for all 30 years of my life before this accident occurred, and in the months since, I have led my life with the belief and desire to make the most of every moment and never sit still. As a result, I have never liked to sleep much and feel like if I’m not planning or doing something exciting in my free time, I’m doing myself an injustice. That said, life to me isn’t just a pursuit of hedonism and pleasure and I’ve always worked as hard as I’ve played.
I grew up in four countries as a child but the San Francisco Bay Area is where I’ve always called home. After venturing to Boston for my undergrad and over 5 years working and traveling in Europe, Central and South America, Asia and Africa as an international trip leader for a biking and hiking tour company, I came back to SF to pursue an MBA with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and social responsibility. After grad school I worked for an environmental consulting firm and a solar energy company before the accident happened…
I’ve been an athlete for as long as I can remember and have always relished physical challenges. I spent most free moments outdoors: playing soccer, hiking, biking, backpacking in the mountains, floating and hanging with friends on a river, and sharing so many incredible moments with amazing people around me. Just 3 days before this debilitating accident, I had completed one of the most memorable and physically satisfying experiences of my life: a 60 mile backpacking trip through the Evolution Valley in the 10,000+ foot mountains of the Eastern Sierras of California with an incredible group of friends, filled with laughter, joy and an appreciation for life. To go from that experience, to then spending seven straight weeks in the hospital was the most dramatic, contrasting experience of my life.
As horrific, awful, and challenging as this accident has been, I am inherently a positive person and am approaching this recovery with the same ambition, perseverance and dedication that I have given to every significant experience in life. I am fortunate to be blessed with the most amazing parents who are doing everything they can to help me, and an outstanding community of friends and extended family who are supporting me through this trying time. This blog is nothing more than a commitment from me to share both the positive and negative aspects of this experience and to keep track of every step of this recovery.