“When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!”
What a glib saying but this is the phrase that came to mind as I watched the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics. Tears came to my eyes as I thought of how these 4,200 Paralympians who, despite incredible handicaps, were setting out to achieve what seemed like the impossible.
I was mesmerized by the dancing of double amputee David Toole, aged 48. David is part of Candoco, a professional company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. This 3ft 2in tall dancer (with no legs) has traveled the world performing in different shows. He is also a successful actor. Absolutely amazing!
“Look up and break the glass ceiling and fly!” These were words spoken to Miranda.
“Look up to the stars, not to the ground!” These words were spoken by Professor Stephen Hawking, a man with one of the most brilliant minds ever. He certainly didn’t let his physical disabilities stop him from looking up to the stars and achieving greatness!.
So many people give up on life when faced with a handicap, whether physical or mental or an obstacle in life. Sometimes it’s easy to become a victim of circumstance. Looking at how these Paralympians have achieved despite all odds is truly inspirational.
“The Paralympic Games is also about transforming our perceptions of the world. We’re all different. There’s no such thing as a standard or ‘run of the mill’ human being but we share the same human spirit. What is important is that we have the ability to create.This creativity can take many forms from physical achievements to theoretical physics.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. The Games provide an opportunity for athletes to excel, to stretch themselves and become outstanding in their field. So let us together celebrate excellence, friendship and respect.
Good luck to you all!”