We often complain that our surrounding circumstances were not so good, which somehow became the hurdles towards our success. We are always on the searching mode of some outer motivation some outer push to achieve our own goals, instead of searching the way to hard work and success we look for someone who comes and motivates us and that too for accomplishing our own goals. But in the crowd of thousands of these type of people there are and there were few who made history during passing through the worst of their time, they no longer just remain the famous name but are better known by the word as “LEGENDS”. They have proved that disability is not an obstacle to success.
THEY SIMPLY CHALLENGED THE WORD CHALLENGE WHICH GOD HAD GIVEN THEM FOR THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE AND DENIED THAT THERE IS HARDLY ANY WORD AS “IMPOSSIBLE”
They changed the meaning of “DISABLED” to “DIFFERENTLY ABLED”
Past has witnessed some of the most outstanding men and women who in their due course of time made an unforgettable history. However, these achievements are even more appreciated if has been addressed with an apparent physical disability. They had very beautifully proved that it simply requires a passion for a person with a disability to level fame.
1. Stephen Hawking – ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
Achievement of Stephen Hawking – English Theoretical Physicist
Despite being challenged by motor neuron disease, Stephen Hawking is a well-known celebrity in academics and recipient of numerous appreciations: Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom and lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.he is one of the most admired scientists in physics, with numerous books and publications under his belt.
2. Helen Keller – Blind and Deaf
Achievement of Helen Keller- Lecturer and Activist
Keller was the first ever to earn Bachelors in Arts. She was also a political activist and a celebrated author in America. She was one of the leading hands in founding American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
3. John Nash – Schizophrenia
Achievement of John Nash- Renowned American Mathematician
John Nash suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Few years after being out of college, Nash starting developing signs of schizophrenia. However, the illness never affected his love for mathematics. His work on geometry and partial differential equations are still considered as outstanding.
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4. Sudha Chandran – Amputation
Achievement of Sudha Chandan- Dancer
Despite the crushing disability, Sudha Chandran emerged as one of the most acclaimed and influential classical dancers in India. Chandran met with a terrible accident one time that resulted in the amputation of her right leg.
5. Marla Runyan – Stargardt’s Disease
Achievement of Marla Runyan- Professional Runner
Marla Runyan developed Stargardt’s Disease at the age of 9. This left her blinded for the rest of her life. However, she took the stick of courage and emerged out as a national champion 3 times in women’s 5000-meters race. She won medals and accolades at various national and international sporting events.
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6. John Hockenberry- Spinal Cord Injury
Achievement of John Hockenberry – Journalist, Author, 4 times Emmy Award Winner
John Hockenberry is a prominent figure in the disability rights movements; he sustained a spinal cord injury in a car crash at the age of 19, which left him paraplegia from the chest down, but this car crash doesn’t let the movement of his life vehicle stop.
7. Girish Sharma – Train Accident
Achievement of Girish Sharma- Badminton champion
Girish Sharma a disabled badminton champion, lost a leg in a train accident when he was a kid. But, this setback in life did not stop him from becoming a badminton champion. He has just one leg which is so strong that he not only plays the game effortlessly but also easily covers the entire court. Ever since he was a kid, he had always indulged in outdoor activities with other kids without letting his disability come in the way. Aren’t we super proud of this talented man?
8. Arunima Sinha – Train Accident
Achievement of Arunima Sinha- Climb Mount Everest
Arunima Sinha lost her leg when some robbers pushed her out of a moving train. Two years later, she became the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. She disliked the look of pity and sympathy in everyone’s eyes and did not want to be looked upon as a handicapped person. She has proved that a strong determination and will is far more important than a strong body. Even with a prosthetic leg, she overcame her challenges and made history.
After reading about all these legends we should learn one thing for sure that is not to complain anyone about our failures and, we should start being happy in whatever we have because there are several people who are not even owning the basic things for survival but, they are still creating the histories for a lifetime.
The Fact Is We Don’t
And Not We Can’t
It does not Matter
How Much We Have,
But What Really Matter Is
What We Do With What We Have.
We Cannot Do Much to Change
What We Have, but We Can
Certainly, Change the Way We Use
What We Have.
A Pawn, If Used Well,
Will Become The Queen.