The following idea of the Mimi Foundation is what makes this subject worth exploring:
"You know what I miss the most? Being carefree." Here is the sentence that inspired the "if only for a second" project. June 17th, 2013 , the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience . This film shows the adventure.
Being care free is what makes a real difference.
Care free is NOT:
- having to focus hard on non-intuitive myoelectric prosthetic controls
- suffering pain from asymmetry, an uncomfortable socket or a heavy weight prosthetic
- having to get repairs for the prosthetic arm on a weekly basis or so
That list is not complete.
In part, the deep wish to be care free may also help to explain why not wearing a prosthetic arm, why wearing service free passive / cosmetic arms, and why wearing more durable body powered arms is so relevant: the feeling at the end of the day, the end of day feeling (EODF), is so different once one gravitates towards being care free. Working towards a low-care high performance body powered arm certainly cost me a lot of effort, and it certainly - from an emotional view point - makes an absolutely massive difference. The EODF is the ultimate in prosthetic performance measurement.
And so it is very relevant to me that beng care free seems to be also what other people wish for, crave for. It is a deep wish, a very important wish. It enables one to focus on what makes life worth living. It enables one to take the focus off oneself.