Over the next two weeks on Channel 7, we are about to see some of the most inspiring feats you could imagine.
I am talking of course about the ParaOlympics.
I wonder what us mortal folk could learn about these amazing human beings?
I am sure she wouldn't mind but I was struck by what Para Cyclist Emily Petricola had to say in the media the other day. She ran a successful PR business, and noticed when she was 27, that she was falling off her high heels when walking around at work. After trying lower heels which didn't help, she also notices numbness in her body. Yes, she was diagnosed with MS.
That day she said she lost a huge part of herself including her identity. Stuff started going wrong with her body every single day - falling over, dropping things etc. Somehow she had to regain confidence in her body to help her self belief. It took a while but a cycling friend was as surprised as she was to find that despite MS, she had natural ability on the bike. Fast forward to today and she now has multiple world titles on the track and is a ParaOlympics medal favourite! And a high school teacher.
How good is that - doesn't that make your skin tingle!
Just imagine the challenges she has and still faces every single day, and the strength she must have to keep her mind positive and focussed.
I personally had a shoulder injury six years ago that stopped my kayak racing career in its tracks. I felt depressed for ages after my specialist told me 'no more kayak racing'. Yet here is Emily, with uncurable MS, saying 'In some ways MS has given me a ridiculous opportunity I would otherwise never have had!'
Just thinking - could it be that it's up to each and everyone of us, regardless of our personal circumstance or challenges, to FIND THE GIFT we all must have? Can our brains and emotions be reset by adversity and trigger our next accomplishment?
I hope that some of our forum members find the ParaOlympics and athletes as inspiring as I do over the next two weeks.
Sorry to rave on a little bit but sometimes I can't help myself!
Please feel very free to share your thoughts. Bye for now - The Bro