How Oscar Pistorius Makes You Feel Inadequate

8 Aug

I knew about Oscar Pistorius before these current Olympic games because his story fascinates me. Born without both of his fibulas, doctors (and his parents) decided to amputate his legs before he was a year old. Oscar is an elite athlete from South Africa and running is his specialty. When Oscar was a small boy his mother said something seemingly insignificant, but yet life changing one morning. She said, “You, put your shoes on. And you, put your legs on and that’s the last I want to hear about it.” Oscar’s mother would die a few years later, but that memory has stayed with him for the duration. Undoubtedly it echoes in his brain saying, “Yes, you have no legs, but Mummy says get over it.” That is a gift when your most formidable role model tells you that – yes – you have a disadvantage, but if you dwell on it, you will drown. So, it’s best to acknowledge it, but then forget about it entirely.

via How Oscar Pistorius Makes You Feel Inadequate.

via How Oscar Pistorius Makes You Feel Inadequate.

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