Humans are naturally flawed; it is what separates us from God. We face numerous difficulties in our daily lives and find it tough to rise from our dire situations to achieve greatness. After a point we become complacent in our lives and work hard to just maintain it. We would only need a small push to do better than we think we can because we have the potential but we only need to step out of our comfort zone for it. So how do we step out?
When someone achieves something seemingly impossible it makes us believe, even if only for a brief moment that we can do something similar. After all, they are as human as us. It is true that their situation and background must be very different from yours but that in no way means that you can't do your best too.
Let me share a story with you, one that always inspires me to keep pushing further.
An 18-year-old boy was diagnosed with a cancer of the bone in his right leg. After many months of treatment and operations, his leg had to be amputated to save his life. He could have chosen to lie in bed or sit on a wheelchair all his life. He could have learned some small trade and lived an insignificant life because it was justified by his cancer. He could have let the cancer beat him even after the doctors extracted it all from his body. But he didn't. He didn't just sit down and complain about life or cry to God or tried doing little things in life to just exist. He trained 14 months on a new leg. He got up every day and went for walks so his body could be trained into believing that nothing had changed too much. And this was only possible because he made a decision and had the determination to stick with it. His next step was to run from east to west, across the country of Canada to make people aware about cancer and do something about it. He wanted to save lives. And it is important that we notice how his wish wasn't dependent on anyone else fulfilling it for him, he didn't ask anyone to run in his name but he got up and did it himself. On April 12, 1980 he started his 'marathon of hope' as people called it, from the easternmost point of Canada. He woke up at 4am and ran 26 miles every day, which is the length of an average marathon. It didn't matter if it rained or snowed, if the sun was shining on his head, he kept running. On his journey across the country he inspired millions. And he does so even today. His name is Terry Fox.
So if an 18-year-old boy can achieve something so difficult for him under the situation he was put; if he can stay as hopeful and determined as he did, so can we. Terry Fox has been and will continue to be an inspiration for everyone across the globe because we can all achieve the impossible, we only need to inspire and be inspired every now and then.