Mr. Featherforce explanation
In Dutch the word for resilience is a combination of the words feather and force. We use the analogy of the strength -or force- of a feather, bouncing back after a setback.
To you it might sound crazy: celebrating your spinal cord injury every year. To Niek van den Adel it is not. On stages both in the Netherlands and abroad he is happy to talk about his turbulent life. Certainly, it was not fun all the time, but without deep lows, there are no great heights, right? Niek was a simple hospitality guy, who on a random day decided to become consultant. This resulted in a big house, a big paycheck, a big car and… a motorcycle. Yep, you can have a wild guess as to what happened next. Aged 28, Niek takes a nosedive while riding his motorcycle. It causes paraplegia, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Plus something extra: he has a syrinx, a cavity within the spinal cord that continuously threatens the body parts that do still work.