What we do as artists is a combination of experience & imagination. How that creeps into your work is not so linear.” ~ Diana Krall
When facing a diagnosis of cancer or losing a job and or even the loss of a loved one ~ things seem tremendously bleak ~ that’s when imagination is a way of transcending in that moment to a place in your heart that shields you from seemingly un-recoverable feelings of pain. There are no words and nowhere to get relief. It is incomprehensible to anyone who has not experienced that particular circumstance and there is no way they can understand how to help you process it. In my case it seems that even though the event happened eleven years ago it still brushes against the thorns that are in my heart. When I watched this video and listened to Amy’s story and how this remarkable young woman indeed made lemonade from lemons I was somehow liberated from the self absorbed “victim” to someone who just needs to have an attitude adjustment. The mind is a powerful source when it is directed by our souls and translated into living with the circumstance and not merely surviving. So, to that end, have a go and listen to Amy, she is one brave woman. Peace Out! JBC ~~(*_*)~~
Amy Purdy talks about the power of imagination. She explains how our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make. Imagination allows us to break down borders, to move beyond our circumstances, to create and constantly progress.
Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face — or can even fathom. But what makes her story so incredible is not that fact that she lived a “normal” childhood and spent her high school years as a passionate artist and snowboarder, then traumatically lost both her legs at age 19, but how she has persevered, taking implausible challenges and rising above them.
Today, Amy is an athlete; currently the top ranked adaptive female snowboarder in the world. Amy also spends a good amount of time helping others; specifically those with physical challenges get involved with snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and other action sports through the organization she co-founded Adaptive Action Sports. Challenging herself while making a positive impact on the world is a true testament to Amy’s spirit.
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