Aimee Mullins: You Can Do It!

It takes a certain person to succeed; a certain personality to make it big in the real world; a certain dedication to keep the vision going. It takes passion, integrity and faith in your own self to inspire people, to influence people and to make sure that your message is clearly conveyed to the rest of the world.

It takes that kind of an individual: a very special person!

Looking at Aimee Mullins picture above, you’d think she has everything lined up for quick ascendance to success: beauty, talent, articulation, power and influence. You would not second guess that somehow behind the pretty face and the slender body, something is missing; something that is vital in her daily movements: her two legs.

When I first read about her, I immediately think of all the individuals and young adults I interact with everyday with disabilities. I think about their potential and the many things they are capable of doing. I do not think about their limitations but their capabilities to do great things, just like how you and I can do wonderful things with all our given strengths.

Aimee Mullins is just an incredible person. She is a runner, a runway model, a speaker, an activist, an actor, an athlete, an NCAA track star, an amazing soul! She’s been named as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world! She graduated from Georgetown University in 1998 with a dual degree in history and diplomacy. Aimee, as you saw in the picture above is double-amputee. She lost her lower legs because she was born without fibulae. Despite her impairment, she is changing the world with a message.

Aimee is telling us someting.

She is telling us that no matter your situation is (whether you have money or not), no matter whether you are physically impaired or not, whether you can read or not – you have the same gift that all of us have: the power to think.

You, with the great mind and the will - can change the way you think.

You can think differently! Soar higher and reach for your dreams!

You do not have limits as to how you can create your future! You can make things happen.

If Aimee Mullins, without two legs have found ways to still enjoy life and be competive in what she does –  how much more with you who do not any impairments or disabilities?

YOU can!

You can do it, despite any adversity you have.

(Listen to Aimee Mullins video on the opportunity of adversity and see her 12 pais of legs)

Comments

  1. Great Post!!!

  2. What an amazing, empowering post! Thank you.

    I believe each person has incredible potential, regardless of any supposed “disabilities” he or she may have. And as Aimee suggests, it’s all in perspective… time to stop imposing damaging labels on individuals and instead nurture the boundless potential of people, especially children. I love how Aimee suggests we rethink adversity as “change that we haven’t adapted to yet.”

  3. Motivation for the day? Check! Thanks for this story. :O)

  4. And I love the lens you see through with the people you interact with – we are all capable of amazing things with the strengths we’re given.

  5. Absolutely beautiful and important. She reminds us that adversity is our opportunity. How we categorize our experience and the experiences of others shows the level of our imagination to soar, or the limitations we have imposed that constrain our lives. I loved this.

  6. Alan says:

    Very inspirational – thank you.

  7. pauleglee says:

    Incredible story. Thank you for putting that up. I work with seriously mentally ill people and they need inspirational people like Amy.

  8. Thank you. It was a pleasure to watch the videos. I am moved. Your post reaffirms my own belief which is, when I see adversity, I say, “This is for my benefit.” and all is well.

  9. Hi Aimee Mullins, Your presentation inspired me, thank you. I am afraid though that my spirit has been crushed…any ideas on how to retrieve that lost me?

    • AMSDaily says:

      Hi Philippinewanderer – I am afraid this message may not reach Aimee Mullins yet – however, I am glad that this post and Aimee Mullins’s TEDx presentation has inspired you. One thing that may help you is to check out and read our daily posts of inspiration here at AMSDaily and see if any of the posts will continue to inspire you more! Thank you!

  10. living4bliss says:

    Awesome post. I always look to people who have overcome greater challenges than the ones I am currently facing.

    Thanks for another person to add to my list.

  11. aawwa says:

    Amazing – thank you!

    Lorraine

  12. Remarkable story, remarkable woman. Wow.

  13. um, cool, guess i never though about my luck when climbing things, hopping fences or defending my self…..guess i dont got it so bad, but reading this makes me want to try on some of those bouncey legs, they look pretty fun to bounce around on, for us with legs…. oh well at least ya make the best out of it, nice posts :D

    • AMSDaily says:

      You are right taciturnspectator! If Aimee Mullins can do it (without her legs, but with prosthetics) how much more with us who are not impaired, physically!

  14. A problem, solution, and opportunity, are all the same thing. If you learn to redefine how you think, you change who you are. I love this post. Good show.

  15. mybegining says:

    Awesome post. you have brain and heart which works together.

  16. Wow! Awesome post. Thanks for visiting my blog and I appreciate you sharing such an aspiring story such as Aimee’s. She is a super inspiration for many I am sure!

  17. Mark Mathia says:

    Awesome story! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. What a great way to start the day.

  18. WOW!

  19. mmt2mmt says:

    Bravo!

  20. handstitch says:

    To be frank, when I see adversity, I dodge like a lightning bolt. But, it’s moving real-life examples such as this that builds me up. Maybe someday I may face my adversity head on.

  21. Reblogged this on adultcollegestudents and commented:
    YES!

    • AMSDaily says:

      Thank you for reblogging this AdultCollegeStudents! Aimee Mullins is a reminder to all of us, that no matter what kind of difficulty we are in, we can always make it!

  22. Thanks for sharing, Aimee deserves to be known by everyone!

    @handstitch, I hope you can work on that! The world would be a boring place if we were all the same.

  23. Katie says:

    Reblogged this on Just A Walk In Faith and commented:
    Looking to be inspired?? Look no further as Aimee Mullins will remind you of what is important and that if you believe, you can accomplish anything.

  24. Denny says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog .. Because you did, I’ve been able to read the remarkable story of Aimee Mullins. She is truly inspirational. And so is your writing style. Thanks.

    • AMSDaily says:

      Denny, thank you! I have read about Aimee Mullins before – but hearing her TEDx video is even more compelling that I had to share and write something about her. Thank you for stopping by! Come back anytime.

  25. Josh says:

    An enlightening post that is. However, there was a slight ambiguity with one of your statements, “how much more with you who do not any impairments or disabilities?”, because, based from assumptions, not all your readers are free of any handicaps. Some may even relate to the topic. But thanks for sharing the inspirational insight!

    • AMSDaily says:

      Josh, you have agood point there! I made my assumption that all my readers are free of any impairments. Good catch on that and thank you for pointing it out.

  26. emelia says:

    Simply remarkable. Great post.

  27. Ross says:

    Aimee Mullins is a great inspiration! You see I’m disabled myself with no use of my left hand and limited use of my left leg. I was diagnosed back in 2006 with a chronic pain condition called CRPS ( Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) which is a neurological disease. She motivates me all the more to keep pushing and to do what is suppose to be impossible for me to do!

    • AMSDaily says:

      Ross, I am glad this is motivating you moreA! As I mentioned in the post I work this population and so, I always put my highest expectations for them and I believe in everyone’s capability no matter what kind of obstacles there are. Keep it up!

  28. Wonderfully, inspiring story! Great writing, and thank you for introducing me to your blog which I would not have seen if you hadn’t visited mine! Thanks for the support!

  29. StillValerie says:

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational story about a phenomenal woman, Aimee Mullins. It reminded me about a great line from Marianne Williamson’s poem “Our Deepest Fear” which states “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are we not to be?” Yes, we can all overcome our “disabling” fears and be our brilliant selves!

    I wrote about this here:
    http://thestillspot.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/are-you-afraid-to-be-your-brilliant-you/

    Keep motivating others to succeed with this blog!

  30. haroldmillet says:

    Powerful…

  31. I want to extend my appreciation to you and your blog for this wonderful post. Many of your inspirations I have read about and learned of and felt their strength and witnessed their inner beauty that just radiates like the sun. I can feel their warmth and encouragement, even now, as I contemplate my own story and path I am taking. I am just a nobody from a small town on the Big Island that spent some years on the continental US and now resides again in Hawaii, married with five children and fighting the battle millions of people are fighting even now. The battle of the bulge. Thank you so much for bringing to light these many wonderful and talented and absolutely amazing and inspiring people who give this nobody strength I thought I never had. I will share your blog with all my friends and family. It is refreshing to read such beautiful and moving life stories of these many individuals who do not know how much hoepe they bring to those forgotten in the dark corners of the world. Aloha.

  32. This is so amazing and inspiring Alpha!
    You are right when you say – You can do it.
    it’s our self-limiting beliefs only that holds us back.
    Hats off to Aimee and kudos to you for bringing such a wonderful post on AMS daily.

    P.s.- Just to remind you, I would also like to contribute on AMS daily.
    Here’s my email – avdhessharya@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  33. curren1 says:

    Overwhelmingly inspiring….thank you for posting this.

  34. Tasha Marie says:

    Reblogged this on Inspire Couture™ and commented:
    I really enjoyed this post! You can do it! No excuses.

  35. Kudos for creating a blog post on this topic. There is not enough information written about it (not particularly helpful anyway). It is encouraging to see it getting a little bit more coverage. Thanks again!

  36. Thanks for sharing the story of this wonderful woman — so inspirational!!

  37. Kathryn says:

    You won’t be surprised that as a visual artist I am deeply moved by her understanding and articulation of the boundless beauty found in what we can *make* of and from ourselves as much as in what we are born or made to become. To see this in addition to the powerful and rich way Ms. Mullins lives her life and teaches others that they can too is a great, wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing!!
    Kathryn

  38. AMSDaily says:

    Thank you for reblogging this post Sharinhislove! I appreciate your spreading the inspiration behind Aimee Mullins’ story!

  39. AMSDaily says:

    101in1001escapade – thank you for reblogging this post! I am truly happy that you found this post and has now shared it! Spread the word and always be inspired – come back here anytime!

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