“If your life were a book, and you were the author, how would you want your story to go?” – Amy Purdy
This TEDTalk by Amy Purdy is an inspirational story of resilience and never giving up on your dreams even when you’ve had the rug pulled from under you. A great uplifting video that certainly helps put our daily challenges into perspective.
Amy Purdy was a girl who loved snowboarding and had big dreams of freedom, adventure and world travel; only to have her dreams dealt a harsh blow when she lost both her legs at the age of 19 due to bacterial meningitis. Today she is a pro snowboarder who has won 2 World Cup Gold Medals and the 2014 Paralympics Bronze Medal; and co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit dedicated to introducing people with physical challenges to action sports.
This video is about not giving up on your dreams and believing in the possibilities. Most of all, I loved when Amy describes the turning point in her life when she started daydreaming again about snowboarding. And how during those moments, she not only was able to see herself snowboarding again, she could actually feel the wind against her face as if she were snowboarding in that very moment.
There is so much to take away from this video. For me, it is a reminder that –
We are the master of our own life. We can choose to live life intentionally and take full ownership of our choices to direct where we want our life to go. Or we can continue to play the ‘victim’ and blame someone or something else for the life we have today. We all have dreams of the life we want to live; but rarely do most of us do anything about it. The question is – how badly do you want it ?
We all have the strength within us. We often forget that we have more strength within us that we think. In her book “The Gifts of Imperfection”, Brené Brown describes ‘hope’ not as an emotion but as way of thinking or a cognitive process. Hope is when we have the ability to set realistic goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue them while believing in our abilities. And the more hope we have, the stronger we are.
So, if your life were a book, how would you want your story to go ?