Monday, April 29, 2013

Living Beyond Limits - The Power of Imagination

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. If you've ever been tempted to give up on your dreams, you’ll surely find this TEDx video inspirational.

“It's believing in those dreams and facing our fears head on that allows us to live our lives beyond our limits... Our borders and our obstacles can only do two things: (1) stop us in our tracks, or (2) force us to get creative.” -Amy Purdy

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.

“Instead of looking at our challenges and limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go.” -Amy Purdy
Living Beyond Limits - The Power of Imagination (photo by Phoebe Rudomino)
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge. | Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” -Albert Einstein

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