Saturday, January 10, 2015

Triumph over Tragedy - Mallory Weggemann

Triumph over Tragedy - by Mallory Weggemann
Rating : ***
This TEDx Talk was about the importance of persevering and never giving up. In 2008, Mallory Weggemann, a experienced swimmer and college student,  went into a clinic to have an operation on her back. Their was a complication, and she ended up paralyzed below the hips at the age of 18. Even though she was devastated, she eventually decided that this limitation would not beat her. She decided that she would live her life as ell as she could. A couple months later, she was swimming again. Because of her perseverance, she eventually won the gold medal for the S8 50m freestyle in the 2012 Paralympics in London. Even though many people said that she would never be able to swim again, she didn't  listen to them. Mallory encourages you to never give up because you can do anything if you work at it and want it enough. 

This TEDx Talk was very motivational. After watching it, I wanted to go out and try something new and do something impossible. Mallory's story really shows how anybody can do anything, and if she can swim without legs, why can't I do something I think is impossible? She makes a point about how everybody has a disability, whether it be physical, emotional, or financial. All you have to do to surpass it is believe that you can surpass you disability. If you try as hard as you can, you will see results. From now on, whenever a think that I can do something, or that something is too hard, I will try to remember Mallory's presentation and think to myself : I can do this. All I have to do is try.

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