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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 (