I define “extraordinary” as ordinary people doing the extraordinary.
This week I asked people to send in their “Impossible” Stories – stories of how they persisted with a dream that seemed impossible to achieve, and they did it anyway. I was inspired by Jessica’s sailing effort – something some people were saying was impossible, and she did it. I can’t begin to imagine how I would have coped when I was 16 with what she did.
I received dozens of stories of courage and inspiration from people all around the world. It seems that ‘ordinary’ people are achieving the extraordinary every day.
Here’s what a couple of “Impossibles” had to share – trust it inspires you to achieve your own dreams!
Well, this is my impossible, I actually have two impossibles that I did. The first one being running 12 kms in the City to Bay Fun Run in Adelaide in 2008. I still remember the feeling of running through that finish line. Was the most awesome and amazing feeling I have ever had. I never thought I would be able to run that distance.
My second impossible was last year I decided to take up singing lessons. Everybody used to tell me that I can’t sing I can’t sing, I heard that ever since I was a child. Well I went last year and did singing lessons and in November last year I performed in front of about 100 people. Again that was something I thought I would never do, but I did it, whenever I think of that performance it brings a smile to my face. Will be taking up my singing lessons again later on this year.
I was told I was stupid and would not amount to much and had to settle with the circumstances available to an illiterate person. When I was diagnosed in my 40′s with mild autism and dyslexia, I knew what I had to do. After taking myself on, four years later, I sit here writing this email to you and plodding along to a career in being an excellent coach (thank you Sharon). Thanks to my current education with TCI, I am no longer just focused on what society dictates to be special needs, but on the special needs of any being seeking the need to be special and achieve his or her dream, not dependent on their circumstances, religions, gender or educational background.
Life is an adventure, I am striking a cord on the giant steps to progress. Go being emotional literate!!!! Bring it on.
God Bless you and your team.
Rosa Ana Bucknell