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Taking On (Darth) VADER and VATER With FORCE

Everybody who has a personality enjoyed saying ‘May the 4th Be With You’ this past week. It’s a take on Star Wars ‘May the Force Be With You’! In a way I feel God is pushing me to discuss another issue I and many others tackle with FORCE daily!

Skywalker fought Darth VADER , while many real people fight VATER Association! Have you ever heard of it? If not, you are not alone! Personally, it’s kinda wild to be considered a once in 10k-40k newborn chance to be born with VATER. Yes one baby out of a maximum of 40k births could be born with VATER.

I wince when I’m asked ‘what were you born with’. I don’t even like to think I was born with a condition. However, my face beams when I discuss having VATER and tackling it with FORCE! VATER has been the reason for a life-saving colostomy bag and not even that brings me down! Most definitely God has been the reason why I have been given the ability for rollerblading with one leg came to be , but saddling my body with VATER has built me stronger!

Here is the complete VATER explanation :

“(V) = vertebral abnormalities; (A) = anal atresia; (C) = cardiac (heart) defects; (T) = tracheal anomalies including tracheoesophageal (TE) fistula; (E) = esophageal atresia; (R) = renal (kidney) and radial (thumb side of hand) abnormalities; and (L) = other limb abnormalities.” (From the NIH: https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/5443/vacterl-association)

Even reading this I am even more proud to fight to keep my one kidney functioning. I make sure my esophagus is all clear and I ROCK my one leg, with force , babyyyyy!!!

I’ve spent 30 yrs adapting to VATER with the love of the caring nurses and doctors, my family, friends, girlfriend and so many more along the way!

Go forth and research more and if you end up knowing someone with VATER, I’d love to hear their story on Adapting With Alex Garrett!

Adapt For A Better Normal In 2021

I am not sure about you, but I am getting sick and tired of this talk of a ‘new normal.’ It’s never discussed in a positive , forward-looking way.

How can we be expected to adapt to ‘new’, when there is so much doom and gloom around that word.

Yes, forever being masked up anywhere we go is a gloomy thought ! Forever being told by leadership that we will never get back to the good ol’ days is depressing. The fact is we are being vaccinated one by one , in fact it’s over 4 million Americans that have had the vaccine.

Beyond the vaccine, personally speaking since I myself have been quarantined this week due to exposure to COVID (I am feeling fine !) , I believe people are so craving to see each other again , the interactions will be even better than before the pandemic. We might actually be talking to each other more than ever because that gift of socialization has been taken away from us . If we can adapt again once we hit post-pandemic to interacting with each other , I believe we will be beyond a new normal.

We will in fact be in a BETTER normal! So this next chance for interaction, let’s lift our heads out our own thought process or fears of not being responded to, and interact once again with the workd around us! A better normal is what I want to strive for, how about you?

Blindness As an Ultra-Ability on Adapting With Alex Garrett

On my recent podcast , Dr. Shirley Cheng , described becoming blind at age 17 and then proceeding to start her own ministry called ‘Ultra Ability’!

Take a listen to my latest podcast here !

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/43759058

Soaring In Times Square

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To be a New Yorker and to have God guide me to Times Square to utilize this ability of doing a ‘crutch’ handstand at the crossroads of the world , hits home for me!

How Texas Is Adapting To Arctic Cold With Help From Homeland Security And IAVM

Take a listen to my latest conversation with Homeland Security Sub-sector Councilman and IAVM ‘s Mark Herrera.

Mark and IAVM is leading the charge to keep everyone safe as Texas finally begins to thaw out! Find out more about IAVM (IAVM)

Listen to my conversation with Mark Herrera here!

IAVM’s Mark Herrera Joins Alex

Life of a Batboy

On a recent podcast, I had the pleasure of welcoming Luigi ‘Squeegee’ Castillo. Luigi is a New York Yankees batboy alum and he takes us behind the scenes of that 90s clubhouse at a time when all the Yankees did was win World Series after World Series! He wrote about his experiences in ‘Clubhouse Confidential, A Yankee Batboy Insider’s Tale.

Take a listen to his story and how, with love and support from ‘The Boss’ George Steinbrenner, Ray Negron and David Cone, he adapted to become a beloved member of that Yankees clubhouse !

Alex Welcomes Yankees Batboy Alum Luigi Squeegee

Adapting Can Prevent Failure

Ever have a day (or multiple days) where you just shut down mentally?

For the first time in a long while, I personally shut down after an abysmal morning that I look to not repeat again. Making a mistake at 29 is not as easy to overcome as it is at 22. As you mature, you realize the consequences of a mistake and even the shame of even committing it. It was that feeling that knocked me out. I know I shouldn’t feel ashamed about mistakes, but life can be full of preventative measures that I guess humans fail to do. I was so nervous to even tell my folks what happened, but they gave me some sound advice which I look to utilize moving forward!

Personally, I am not good at introspective and that’s helped me coast, by not looking inside. Yet, to experience failure is worthwhile! Experiencing failure can you help you grow, if we just take time to understand the substance and the reasoning why failure happened in the first place! It’s just a matter of hitting back at the failure, as Rocky Balboa notes. Do you ever fail, and have an easy blinding to the failure, instead of fully evaluating it? It’s 2021, let’s evaluate the mistakes and learn from them!

I think I’m hyping myself up here to do this, but I find it’s a worthwhile blog to encourage the adapting to failure. Not to keep failing, of course. I learned today it’s OK to talk about our failure, because you can get the advice you need from the ones who love you. I am always active and out and about, yet today I couldn’t even get out of bed until noon. I was full of embarrassment and failure. I do believe being willing to talk will get you out of bed and back on your feet. Or in my case, back on my foot!

By thinking of it I do believe you can adapt to the failure. One idea is to just write. Write out what the issue at hand was. Write out how you could have handled it much better, put the solutions IN NOW, to make failure a dead-end as much as possible. Note what worked from the last time and how you ‘adapted to failure’. Put your adaptations into practice and of course always tweak these lists as needed! Yes, adapt the adaptations already made!

Another way to adapt to failure, is to apologize PROFUSELY to those who have been affected. Not only do you come off fairly reputable still, you can put your own mind at ease. By admitting the mistake, apologizing for it, you can seriously move on to bigger and better days. Why put pride in front of the chance to adapt and prevent chaos the very next time?

Being human leads to human error. We can take that humanness, adapt to where you have flawed, and turn it into greatness!

New York Truck Stop‘s Zach Miller Talks Transportation Adaptations in Biden Admin

Following the selection of former NYC DOT head Polly Trottenberg, I welcomed Zach Miller of New York Truck Stop to discuss adapting to President Biden’s DOTGov. Listen here! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/43033750

For more information on New York Truck Stop, stop by here https://newyorktruckstop.com

Re-Humanizing the Workplace With Dr. Rosie Ward on ‘Adapting With Alex Garrett

Take a listen to a recent podcast I conducted with Dr. Rosie Ward! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/43152288

Her website can be found here https://drrosieward.com/media-kit/

Her work on re-humanizing the workplace through Salveo Partners can be found here https://salveopartners.com

Snow = Survival

As you could see above, I put my boot in the snow as a stake of victory against the latest snowstorm that battered New York City!

Many who already have battled lockdown, just felt that this storm was a pile-on to the stay-at-home life.

For me, working in radio during snow is ALWAYS an adventure. Weathering the storm in studio or at a hotel just blocks away, there is always this adventure of being IN THE STORM. Being in that storm this week , I felt a sense of accomplishment !

While rollerblading may seem like the ultimate adaption for many that are looking into my world from the outside, those who know me know how intense it feels when that skate is unusable in the snow.

I feel smaller , like my 4’11’’ height and a lot more human ! Working on crutches and a boot navigating the ice and snow has always felt like a big deal, because it’s the time I actually have to be mindful of staying grounded on foot. No one wants to fall in the snow!

Snowstorm 2021 taught me that if I can weather the storm on crutches and boot, I can conquer and accomplish anything in this life! Sometimes even I need a boost in my motivation, and every step I took in my boot, every time I looked down at the ground to see I just pushed through another snow patch , I felt this feeling that I can do anything!

I hope as life is fragile as it is, we stop fussing over cars stuck in snowy traffic and just celebrate getting back home , sheltered from the storm and safe as possible! I celebrated by doing more on this through my podcast on how snow truly is my survival skill!

Take a listen: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/43258836