By Tim Peacock
Tim Harris isn't your typical differently-abled person. In fact, he's not your average person - period. Living with Down syndrome hasn't stopped Harris from realizing his dreams, and he wants everyone to know that they too should live for the day.
When Harris was young, he told his parents he wanted to own a restaurant. As he entered adulthood, his entire family worked together and made that dream come true. Today, Tim Harris owns Tim's Place - where they serve breakfast, lunch, and endless hugs.
With the help of his entire family, Harris runs his own restaurant as he lives out his childhood dream. Before opening the restaurant, he attended Eastern New Mexico University. According to his website, he "graduated in 2008 with certificates in Food Service, Office Skills and Restaurant Hosting. During college Tim worked at a variety of local restaurants including CiCi’s Pizza, Golden Corral, IHOP, and Peppers Bar and Grill."
After working briefly in the food service industry after college, Harris' dream came true when he and his family opened Tim's Place in 2010. Located in Albuquerque, the restaurant is open seven days a week and never has a shortage of hugs.
If that's not enough, he is also a multi-medal-winning Special Olympics athlete. According to Harris, he's won more medals than Michael Phelps (and has the medals displayed proudly at his restaurant as proof).
Harris is an inspiration not only to other persons living with Down syndrome - but to everyone he comes in contact with. His infectious enthusiasm and warm personality rarely fail to engage those he meets - whether they walk through the doors of his restaurant or seek him out at one of his speaking engagements.
Harris and his restaurant have been the subject of a lot of media attention over the past year - including exposure on CNN as well as People magazine. Additionally, AOL's "You've Got" series also included a chapter for his story. The video segment is embedded below - watch, enjoy, and have a great weekend folks!