Overheard at the OTC: “Finding the Ability in Your Disability”

Yesterday I was escorting a visit for one of our Paralympians, a double below-the-knee amputee. Southern boy, big smile, runs the 100 in 10.91 seconds.

In case you didn’t catch that. This guy, who has no legs to speak of, runs 100 meters in 10.91 seconds. The vast majority of people on this planet with all working limbs and good health can barely run 100 meters in general.

When asked what advice he has for anyone watching, the guy said “One thing I always tell people is to find the ability in your disability. We all have challenges to overcome, and there’s always someone that’s worse off than you. What you have to be able to do is take that challenge, overcome it, and find the opportunity in it. I’m hoping to one day compete in the Olympics instead of the Paralympics, and part of why I do this is to show people that the fastest man on Earth can be a guy with no legs.”

Every person alive on this Earth has a disability. A challenge, be it big, small, physical, or mental that keeps you from being whole. The term we use here is able-bodied. But what I’m learning out here is that within every challenge is an opportunity to be a better version of yourself. An improvement on the norm.

In case you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a little biased…


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