Inspiring talk by Aimee Mullins

Ever heard of Aimee Mullins? Well before yesterday I hadn’t, but then I listened to her deliver one of the most inspiring talks I have ever heard.

Speaking about the definition of the word disability and the redefining of its meaning, our attitudes, perceptions and the way that we face adversity, you can’t help but feel inspired by her message.

Inspire magazine uk- Amiee mullins, prosthetic legs

Aimee was born with fibular hemimelia (where lower leg bones are missing) and subsequently had her legs amputated from the knees down at the age of one. But has this stopped her? By heck it hasn’t!

At the age of 17 she became the youngest person to hold a top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon, she has been named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, made her catwalk debut modelling for Alexander McQueen, acted in a number of films and television shows, and is a World Record setter in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump. Oh and she is a wonderful public speaker.

One of my favourite quotes from this talk; ‘adversity isn’t an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life, it’s part of our life.’ Our strength is in making the most of what we have.

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March 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Inspiration.

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