AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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“Lean into the uncomfortable.”

Similarly, as scary as I find writing these articles, I also know they make a difference. If for no other reason than because of the number of meaningful conversations these articles, whether directly or indirectly, have forced me to have with the people in my life.

Am I going to suddenly take up hiking? No. The outdoors still present problems, but it doesn't mean that there's no use to that space either. If there's one thing I've learned from the outdoors, it’s this: Lean into the uncomfortable. It lets things that need out, out. ∎


Lawyer, Awareness Ties Official Advisor & Columnist Joel Cartner is a lawyer and public policy professional with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia and Retinopathy of Prematurity. Cartner has a background in public health, disability, and education law and policy. He received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Cartner currently lives in Washington D.C. where he works as a Document Review Attorney while seeking legislative employment.