Tuross Head resident Chris Campbell became a quadriplegic at 19, and has created a documentary to share his message and inspire others.
Now aged 48, Mr Campbell believes he is "qualified" to pass on some advice which could help someone in the future.
He broke his neck in December 1989 diving through a wave at Surf Beach, Batemans Bay.
Mr Campbell's accident happened before the time of mobile phones and internet. His documentary shows a re-enactment of a nine-hour ordeal waiting for help after a fall at home.
Mr Campbell said he was lucky to be alive.
"If you had said I would make it to 50 years when I first had my accident, I wouldn't have believed you," he said.
"I didn't think I would make it this far."
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His video 9 Hours is an entry to the Focus on Ability's Short Film Festival which encourages people to show the world how disability can be an ability.
"I went for the angle where I re-enacted my nine hours and then a retrospective to look at my life," he said.
"I have had mates who have died."
To keep his independence, Mr Campbell chose to live in a house with his dog Flash for 27 years.
Since, he has become a jack of all trades, never letting boredom take control. Since his accident he said his mental strength had shone through.
"It's not until you lose your physical strength that your mental strength shines through," he said.
"I try and do as much as I can, while I can, because if you stuff up, it's your loss.
"Because I have been in a chair for so long, it feels like I am on borrowed time."
Mr Campbell has volunteered for Tuross Rural Fire Service for the past few years as a social media and promotional officer. He is an avid painter and enjoys graphic design.
Despite his disability, Mr Campbell is determined to keep ticking things off his list; such as seeing whales for the first time and entering his van into the Summernats.
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