Seeing the self beyond limitations

I have a disability – cerebral palsy – which affects the muscles in my legs - my balance and my mobility.  Because of my disability, I experienced a lot of bullying at school. I now see that as a positive thing for I learned self-determination, to stand on my own two feet, and not to expect other people to do things for me all the time.

“The only person who sets the limits to what you can do is yourself”

Whether you have a disability or not, everyone has ability within them.  It is a question of finding what you want to use as the vehicle for that ability. The only person who sets the limits to what you can do is yourself. If you can dream it, you can do it.*

Stuart was in the first yacht crew, made up of people with a disability or who had overcome a life-threatening illness, to race around the world (in the BT Global Challenge 1996-97). In 2003/2004 Stuart crossed the Atlantic solo in 109 days, unaided and unassisted - the first physically disabled person in the world to row an ocean.

Stuart Boreham
* Speaking at Global Retreat Centre, Oxfordshire, June 2007.

Comments  
#18 2018-10-19 13:33 - Carnie DeBice
Never give in, never give up!!!!
#17 2017-01-18 08:00 - Ashish Papadkar
Thank you so much for sharing the powerful thoughts....
#16 2016-11-15 00:32 - Samuel Chambi
very good
#15 2016-11-15 00:31 - Samuel Chambi
sacz2
#14 2016-11-06 12:13 - abinash
prevaricate
#13 2015-02-18 05:14 - Anila Nair
Very nice thought.
#12 2014-09-06 18:10 - veena chugh
thank you so much Stuart for sharing. You are truly inspiring. God bless you .
#11 2014-07-25 12:13 - Sushil Basnet
Great to learn about your feat. Keep going, and inspiring everyone.
#10 2014-06-26 16:28 - Charles
Lovely and encouraging
#9 2014-01-18 21:48 - Umi
Thank u for. Sharing good idieas
#8 2013-11-27 11:36 - ayajiv
never lose heart. live yr life as if its a book. you wnt know what will happn if u dnt turn to the nxt page.
#7 2013-07-23 05:59 - Chhaya
Life is so much beautiful...we have to just enjoy every moment of Life and be strong with inner
#6 2013-06-10 09:36 - Dipankar Barman
Disability is neither hindrance nor a curse for our life, but it is pillar of success and bless of god. Our duty is to turn the disable into able through our thinking power. Being a visually challenged person, I can become assistant professor of a college with bless of god.
#5 2013-04-25 19:19 - Maria vicência de lima bonolo
love love.
#4 2013-04-04 10:41 - MADMILLA

Create your New personality like a drawing & fill it in according to your own ideas, apart from the ideas & expectation of others.

#3 2013-01-06 10:31 - iris
What ever comes to us in life, our attitude towards it can make or break us. But, we must never forget that for some people, the weight of illness or disability becomes too much at times. Let us all have more deep seated, God filled compassion for those who are struggling with health problems. One never knows when it will be our time to suffer or struggle with our bodies. Yes, practice detachment, but never lose sight of compassion and love.
#2 2012-12-31 03:27 - gunja

Very true...as the saying goes everything happens for a reason. probably god made us disabled cos he wants to make us stronger and wants us to discover our true self. OM SHANTI

#1 2012-12-30 17:27 - munish
hayyyyyyyy, thanks for this great thought....