Phil Packer's lower spine was severely injured during a rocket attack in Iraq in February 2008. He was only 36 years old and was in a hospital for four months without bladder or bowel control. He had no feeling or motor control in his legs.
While in the hospital did he spiral into a depression? Did he have a pity party and say "Why me?" No, he decided to raise money for a charity called Help for Heroes that supports wounded British veterans.
Phil walked the London Marathon last year and raised money for charity. It wasn't easy for him. He could only travel 2 miles per day on his crutches. Thirteen days later he crossed that finish line. He did it!
Phil Packer is a mountain climber.
Bob Wieland lost both of his legs in a blast in Vietnam. He can "run" a mile in one hour by pushing himself with his knuckles.
Natalie du Toit was riding her scooter home when she was hit by a car and lost her leg. She was determined and didn't let the injury stop her from competing in swimming and winning 4 gold medals in the 2004 Paralympic games. She wasn't finished yet! She qualified and competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and became the first female amputee to ever compete in the Olympics.
Natalie is a mountain climber.
Peter Gray was a young boy when he slipped and his arm got caught in a tractor's spokes. His arm had to be amputated above the elbow. But that didn't stop him from playing baseball. He learned how to catch a ball and drop his glove while transferring the ball to his other hand. All in one motion! He signed with the St Louis Browns in 1945 and became the only one-armed major league player. He played 77 games and batted .218. He visited army hospitals and talked to amputees and reassured them that they could lead productive lives.
His glove is located in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Peter Gray was a mountain climber.
There are so many stories like these out there. This is just a small sampling. The point is that we can't let fears or disabilities keep us from achieving our dreams.
Your mountain may be different than my mountain. But you still can't just look at it and quit.
Do you have a mountain of weight to lose? Then get busy! You already know what you need to do. Do it!
Goals to conquer in athletics? Dreams to achieve? Then go for it! If you truly want it you will find a way. It won't be easy but neither is completing a marathon without legs. I have two good legs!
Sometimes we're our own worst enemies. We think we can't do something so we don't even try. What would you accomplish if you knew you could not fail? Then go for it! You are the only one who can do it for you.