Letting Our Imagination Take Us Beyond Our Limits

It’s getting close to the end of the year, and a time when many of us reassess what we’ve accomplished in the past almost 12 months. If you’re like me, you wonder where the time went and why you didn’t overcome the obstacles that got in the way of doing what you wanted to.

As usual, a TED talk provided me with answers and inspiration for pushing beyond my limits in the new year.

When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now she’s a pro snowboarder. In her powerful talk, she explains how she took a devastating, life altering experience and used her imagination to push through the obstacles to create rich and fulfilling life.

Her first artificial legs were bulky and  painful. She decided there had to be a better way, so with help from a friend, she designed new legs that would allow her to return to snowboarding and win gold medals. Of importance, she took the design for these new legs to Africa and helped fit many young people there.

Here is Amy’s inspiring talk.

  • Losing her legs didn’t stop Amy Purdy from being a champion (sports.nationalpost.com)

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  1. Wow, what an amazing story. This is so timely for me, Jeannette. As an artist there are things I am confident in and others that scare me. After hearing Amy’s story I realize what a dumb ass I am. Haha, I have nothing to be afraid of. I just need to face my fears and do what needs to get done. Life will lead the rest of the way. I will not forget this.

    • Dennis – I’m glad you found this inspiring for your own situation. What could be more challenging than the obstacles she faced? Makes mine seem insignificant.

  2. Loved the video Jeannette! Compared to her none of us have ever had any problems.

    Don’t think what she did would have been possible if she hadn’t been a leader, rebel or maybe you would call it a stubborn person who doesn’t give up. She wasn’t prepared to accept the legs given to her by the hospital as the vast majority of people would have done. Honestly think that’s the reason she succeeded.

    • Catarina — after seeing what she went through, I count my blessings. I actually make a point of doing that every day because I have a lot to be thankful for — good health, wonderful family and friends and a whole new set of friends I’ve made on the web.

  3. Truly inspiring Jeannette. We think we have problems or obstacles but it is only when you see stories like this that it does put it into perspective.

    Also loved the way she used imagination and her determination no doubt with support to not only help herself but others as well.

    • Susan — What I enjoyed in the video is how she could make fun of herself, like the first time she went snowboarding and her artificial limbs became separated from her legs and went roaring down the mountain startling many people on the slopes. She has a steely resolve that is so admirable.