Aimee Mullins on The Opportunity of Adversity

I’ve been exposed to more people who have opened doors for me than those who have put lids and cast shadows on me. All you really need is one person to show you the epiphany of your own power, and you’re off.

If you can hand somebody the key to their own power – the human spirit is so receptive – if you can do that – open the door for one person, you are educating … in the best sense.

The only true disability is a crushed spirit. A spirit that’s been crushed doesn’t have hope, it doesn’t see beauty, it no longer has our natural childlike curiosity and our innate ability to imagine.

If instead we can bolster a human spirit to keep hope, to see beauty in themselves and others, to be curious and imaginative, then we are truly using our power well. When a spirit has those qualities, we are able to create new realities and new ways of being.

– Aimee Mulllins, in the TED Talk, The Opportunity of Adversity

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