The journey of life is an EGC pattern with periodic ups and downs but sometimes that “down” phase drains our hopes and perseverance all in all. Everyone of us has struggles, battles to fight which are difficult in their own way. At the same time, there are these amazing people around us who transformed their wrecked life situations into a glorious artwork and now are an inspiration to millions across the globe.
So here are some of the TED talks which will refill your hopes and determination to walk out, fight and win over the struggles.
Overcoming hopelessness -Nick Vujicic
Name: Nicholas James Vujicic
Birth: December 4, 1982, Melbourne, Australia
Occupation: An evangelist, author and a motivational speaker
Born with tetra amelia – a rare disorder characterised by absence of all four limbs, Nick decided to focus on what he had instead on what he didn’t and proved that willpower can conquer any disability.
2. Turning adversity into opportunity -Muniba Mazari
Name: Muniba Mazari
Birth: March 9, 1987, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan
Occupation: Creative writer, artist, activist, host and a motivational speaker
Survived a dangerous car accident at the age of 21 on her way to her hometown, when the driver fell asleep and drove the car into a ditch. That accident injured her spinal cord and various bones in her hands and legs, which broke her physically as well as emotionally. She lost support from her father and husband when she needed them the most but still fought against all the odds and freed her strength from the bounds of wheelchair.
3. My philosophy for a happy life- Sam Berns
Name: Sampson Gordon ‘Sam’ Berns
Birth: October 23 ,1996, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Rose to Fame: He was the subject of HBO documentary “Life according to Sam” and worked in the direction of spreading progeria awareness.
An American teen born with progeria. Progeria-a rare genetic disorder that results in premature aging. Children with progeria appear healthy, but by the age of 2 years, they look as if they have become old too fast, this led to his demise on January 10 , 2014. Although he didn’t live long but surely he did ‘live large’ , may the beautiful soul rest in peace.
4. How a 13 year old changed Impossible to I’ m possible -Sparsh Shah
Name: Sparsh Shah
Born: May 1, 2003, Iselin, New Jersey
Occupation: Singer, songwriter and rapper
An Indian-American singer, songwriter and rapper from Iselin, New Jersey. The child prodigy was born with an incurable disease called osteogenesis imperfecta – a group of genetic disorders which results in fragile bones that break easily but with his unbreakable spirit he turned his life around.
5. How do you define yourself? -Lizzie Velasquez
Name: Elizabeth Ann Velasquez
Birth: March 13, 1989 , Austin, Texas, United States
Occupation: Motivational speaker, author and YouTuber
Born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid-Progeroid-lipodystrophy syndrome that prevents her body from accumulating fat and gaining weight. Fighting the ordeal of all sort of bullying, body shaming and being labelled as “The World’s ugliest woman” she decided to create her own definitions of beauty and happiness.
These are just a few examples where passion rather than succumbing to pain rose over it and showed us that when struggles give you a full stop add a comma of dedication beneath it ; add your phrase after that semicolon, smile, live, love and give a new meaning to your own story.