We live in times of great change and contrast, in times where technology has made it possible for everybody to be connected globally and have access to infinite amounts of content. And as a double-edged sword, we can reach both emptiness and real substance in the online world.
So in all the disparity of content, those stories of hope, courage, and inspiration are the ones that get my attention and the ones that contribute to humanizing societies.
One of the most amazing people I have met in my life is Larry Smith. He has had Parkinson’s for the last 20 years but his spirit and strength are a source of immense inspiration to everyone.
Larry’s story is not only about not giving up, but about living life to the fullest.
It is a transcending story that covers the essential human side of life. Why are we here in this world if it’s not to make it better?
Larry has made a positive impact in his community and beyond. He has touched so many people and wants to make an even greater impact. That’s why next summer he will be riding his state of South Dakota on his trike to promote the benefits of staying active in Parkinson’s.
He wants to share a big lesson with the world: don’t let any illness dictate your life; live the best life you can. And it is precisely this level of humanization that improves societies, that makes us better people.
I was also very fortunate to know Andrew Rubin, not only a great friend, but a talented filmmaker who is completely in line with making a real positive impact in our world. Together we are directing “Ride with Larry”, a documentary film that will share Larry’s powerful story and enlighten people about Parkinson’s today.
For this documentary we will also travel to interview the most knowledgeable voices on Parkinson’s around the world, the latest studies, and other sources of hope and inspiration that are helping Parkinson’s patients change their lives for the better.
Nothing is more rewarding to me than knowing I am doing something of value, something that can inspire others, something that makes people think and reflect on life. Documentary filmmaking has been the platform that has allowed me to accomplish this; it has given me the opportunity to better know who I am and what my purpose in life is.
At the end of the day it’s all about making this world a better place and creating “Ride with Larry” offers a great chance to continue achieving this.
- Ricardo Villarreal