I recently learned that a local gym is sharing my story in an email newsletter with their "database," because they found it inspiring. They said that their database includes all member emails, fans/media, and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts, something they are big on) promoters of their fighters throughout the nation - about 8,000 people.
It's nothing big or anything, but if my injury helps inspire more people, then maybe that's a silver lining.
My TBI occured during high school which really isolates it from the current community (college). You really cannot tell that I have a TBI by just looking at me, however, I am self-conscience about my "new" voice and feel that is the biggest tip-off that I have an injury. It's more flat and monotone than pre-accident and slurs easily, especially when I try to yell or am tired. It's better than it once was, but not good enough to me.
The people here that I have told about my accident just don't understand it. They see me and think I am a pretty normal guy, so they are ignorant about the severity of a TBI. My basketball skills now are sub-par, to say the least, and my one housemate always gets frustrated/mad at me when I screw up (because he's a scrawny little guy that thinks he's exceptionally talented at everything he does... prob like 5'8 130, I could pound him into the ground haha ;-)). He claims that I am making excuses everytime I say that something is because of my injury.
Anyway, I decided that next Sunday I'm gonna go check out a contemporary church at college that I found. In high school I was very involved in my church at home, but never bothered to go to church in college. Maybe I can find some other things to do that don't involve going out to the bars a few times every week and essentially killing my brain.