It was a fresh spring morning in Toronto, Canada. Joshua Light was born on April 2, 1991; strong, full of life, and rambunctious. A little over a year later, his life would be changed forever. It happened on August 27, 1992. Joshua’s mother, along with him and his two sisters, were on their way to pick up his father, Wilbert, from work. As they approached a traffic light, another vehicle ran the red light, ending in a head-on collision. Joshua was rushed to the hospital. To the family’s dismay, he was diagnosed with a broken hip and a breast-line spinal cord injury at T2.
Four months of hoping and praying passed before he came out of the hospital. Quiet and now timid, Joshua began the long road to therapeutic recovery. The situation had forced his parents to learn to adapt his surroundings, but the hardest task was helping Joshua recognize his entire body as his own again. Over time, he again became that bright, lively boy, full of dreams and aspirations. He attended Sunnyview Public school, a haven for students with disabilities who needed special education. Joshua flourished and rose to top in his class. His parents soon realized his potential was limited in that environment and decided to send him to a normal private school for the third grade.
It wasn’t long before bullying from the other students took its toll on young Joshua. His parents opted to try homeschooling, and to their surprise, he powered through the fourth grade in only three months. Much of Joshua’s social life was involved in church, with other members who also homeschooled their kids. He struggled with wearing diapers and a restrictive full body brace until the age of fifteen, which only added to his social complications. Despite this, his family’s abstract lifestyle of flipping houses and moving often, enabled him to become well-traveled and highly cultured at a young age.
High school came along, and Joshua led a normal social life, becoming an inspiration within the school. Always athletic, he enjoyed wheelchair basketball, eventually joining the Ontario Secondary Men’s team for two years after high school. He then journeyed to the Philippines with his father and new stepmother, intent on a career in architecture. Unable to meet the demands of calculus and physics, he came away from that dream empty-handed. He did manage to find love for a time, and, above all, friends who would last for ages.
When he returned to Toronto, he decided to step back from architecture and pursue business. He attended multiple seminars on positive thinking, and courses in private investing and real estate to become financially adept. Joshua also turned to the Japanese community in Toronto, rekindling a friend’s non-profit language exchange and succeeding in growing its attendance.
Though thriving in his social life and self-education, his health took a turn for the worse once more. At age 22, he decided to cut back on all forms of intoxication to strictly social, and adjusted his eating habits under the guidance of nutritionists. Despite his efforts, recurrent bladder complications became more intense, and bowel movements dictated his daily schedule. His body took complete control of his social life, and he struggled to maintain his self-image as he lost friends who couldn’t understand his world. Joshua hit an all-time low, after recovering from a severe kidney infection. He created the world of Ethereal Dawn in November of 2014, craving something larger to focus on. After two years of passionate hard work, nearly ready to self-publish, Joshua contracted MRSA in 2016, an infectious skin disease that is dormant in 1 in 5 people globally. The infection short circuited his nervous system from his injury, his body sweating every day as if it were 40° indoors. He was trapped indoors recovering for a year. Severely depressed, Joshua turned back to Ethereal Dawn and applied his creativity to teach himself illustrative art, voice-acting, and audio production to produce the audiobook and trailers. Joshua’s infinite passion for Ethereal Dawn gave him a new lease on life.