AZ once famously said, “Life’s a bitch and then you die, that’s why we get high, cause you never know when you’re gonna go.” It’s true, life is a bitch. We live in a world where classism and superficiality isn’t just the norm, it’s a damn profession! However, while it’s easy to bitch and moan endlessly on how life isn’t fair, at the end of the day, what you yourself put into life is what you get. Just ask blind skateboarder, Dan Mancina. Yeah, you heard me… a blind skateboarder. A man who wasn’t born blind but within the last four years accrued a hereditary disease known as retinitis pigmentosa, a disease which slowly deteriorates ones vision from the inside out. But instead of feeling in the dumps (and who could blame him), Dan said a big ‘fuck you’ to his condition, and continued on skating, hunting and taking his girlfriend out.

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In a recent interview with Jenkem Mag, Dan talks about how life has changed since losing his vision. From hunting and skateboarding, to even wiping his ass and watching porn. Dan states that your senses aren’t really heightened but instead you just pay a little more attention to your other senses. When asked if there were any particular bucket list things he’d like to see, Dan responded in stating that he would love to see his future son. But in a beautiful rebuttal he states “I’ve realized I can get those same feelings of beauty without the visual aspect. Vision is just another sense. You get an emotion from it, so I’ve learned that I can get the exact same emotions from things other than vision.”

Next time you’re having the blues, remember, life is beautiful, but it’s only as beautiful as you’ll make it. So don’t mope, be like Dan. Dan is tite.