Thursday, January 7, 2010

Impossible Dream

Today Geoff Holf will become the first Quadriplegic to ever successfully cross the Atlantic unassisted. If you still think this feat is easily achievable, let me break down the reality of the key-words “quadriplegic. A quadriplegic is a person who is paralyzed in both arms and legs and has therefore lost the full functionality of these body parts. His goal is to cross the Atlantic and get to the place where he was injured, and to show the beach - and the world - that he can do whatever he sets his mind to. So some days ago he set off on a 2,700 mile trip from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

I was touched and motivated by this amazing story as Komla Dumor interviewed this history-maker on bbc. One thing that amazed me the most was that he has no regret whatsoever in his life;when he was asked if he would change anything about his life he said “I wouldn’t change a single thing”. He is actually thankful for every event in his life even for his physical condition. According to him it is that accident that led him to meet his lovely wife (who is now his nurse). Together the lovely couple has a child.

I have decided to share this story with the rest of the world because of the motivational value it carries. Surprisingly he made this dream possible with a boat called “Impossible dream”. Impossible dream is a 60ft, purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible catamaran. It is custom-built designed with push-button technology allowing Geoff to navigate and sail the boat using his sailing skills and experience, without relying on his physical ability.

I hope this story will turn out to be a story that will propel us all to achieve our dreams and goals in the year 2010 and beyond

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