Created on the opening day of the Paralympic Games, London 2012, this bar reminds us how much we can influence the outcome of our life if we put our mind to it.
Knowing that the Paralympics were starting this week, to come up with this bar I started by googling the word disability. It’s a funny old word disability – it’s the opposite of ability to be technical about it. It sounds so negative yet it’s the Paralympians with disabilities that in so many ways have the most ability of all. The have found a way to turn a negative into a positive and that’s truly inspiring. For one such example you need look no further than Martine Wright. In 2005, the day after London won it’s bid to host the Olympics she lost both her legs in the 7/7 Underground bombings. Now she is representing TeamGB at the Paralympics games. Read her remarkable and inspiring story here.
The quotation used on the front of this bar “The only disability in life is a bad attitude” is attributed to Scott Hamilton. Intrigued, I had to know more about this man. For the record, he’s a very famous American figure skater who won an Olympic Gold medal in 1984. Although not a Paralympian, his success in life did not come easy. His Wikipedia biography is fascinating – read it here.
The London Olympics has reignited a pride in the nation that I can honestly say I haven’t experienced before in my lifetime. Great Britain has come across as quirky and inclusive and what I think is about to unfold over the next 10 days in London is going to make us even prouder. I can’t wait!