Here are six inspirational stories of people who, in spite of their physical limitations, participated fully in all aspects of the society. These differently-abled people (I don’t like to call them disable) are not only inspirational to other people having physical problems; but equally inspirational to those of us who feel life is worthless and give up trying when the obstacles come on our way.
- One of the world’s best-known overachiever Stephen Hawking who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease became Cambridge’s first Gravitational Physics Professor and received the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics Award at age 35. He has written a best-selling book which was later made into a film called A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes.
- A legally blind marathon runner, Marla Runyan became three time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters. In 1992 summer Olympics, she won four gold medals and in 2000 she became the first legally blind Paralympian to compete in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She co-wrote and released her autobiography, No Finish Line: My Life As I See It in 2001.
- Despite amputation of one leg, Sudha Chandran has become the most talented and acclaimed classical dancer of India. She met with an accident when returning from Mumbai to Chennai resulting in the amputation of her right leg. She was given an artificial leg and in spite of this dreadful disability she established herself in the film line and got a status as a world-class dancer.
- An Israeli-American, Itzhak Perlman is a renowned violinist, conductor and teacher who contracted Polio at age four. He uses crutches or an electric wheelchair and plays the violin while seated. He is best known for playing and recording classical music. He has also played jazz along with the soloists Oscar Peterson and klezmer in their album. In 2000, he received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton.
- Helen Keller was an American prolific author, political activist and lecturer who was the first deaf, mute and blind person honored with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her teacher Annie Sullivan motivated her to study and helped her to communicate by spelling words into her hand. Helen was born a normal child but at age of 19 months, she got brain fever, leaving her totally deaf and blind. Keller campaigned for women’s suffrage, civil liberties, as well as many other noble causes.
- Jean-Dominique Bauby who was a French journalist, author and editor of the renowned fashion magazine ‘Elle’ experienced Locked-in Syndrome after suffered from a massive stroke but he never admitted defeat. Locked-in Syndrome is a neurological disorder that leaves the body paralyzed from head to toe even though the mind is left unharmed. He was completely speechless but he could blink his left eye and that all he needed to write a book. Despite this condition he wrote a book ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ and died two days after the publication of the book.
These people are a few of incredible personalities who have achieved success despite their physical limitations. These genuinely gutsy people are a great source of inspiration for everyone who worries due to the problems of life and have proved that nothing is impossible when you have the willpower to do it.
At the end, I would like to say anyone who lose all hope and think this is the end should understand that it is just a bend not the end and have faith.