The Paralympics in Rio are wrapping up today and I'm sad to see them end. For the last couple of weeks, thanks to the British show The Last Leg, I've had insights into the world of these top athletes, who just happen to be disabled. I've been inspired and moved by some of the stories of the athletes. And because it's The Last Leg, it's always tinged with humor.
Before I go on I guess I need to give you all at least a brief explanation of what The Last Leg is. It's a comedy show hosted by three comedians, two of whom are disabled. Adam Hills is the main host. (He's Australian). His side kicks are Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe. Together they tackle all kinds of topics and for the last few weeks they've been in Rio covering the Paralympics for Channel 4 in the UK. (I obviously can't get C4 in the US, but fortunately we still have some enterprising individuals on YouTube who recognize the plight of us ex-pats).
This post is not about that show, you can read about that in this article on the Guardian website. It's about about much more than that. It's about how accessible the show has made the Paralympics to all of us, at a time when mainstream media considers the subject pretty much off limits. It's also to illustrate just how inspiring it is when you hear some of the stories of the athletes who made it there. Below is a video of one of those heartwarming stories.
Of course, Alex Brooker's tribute to his hero Alex Zanardi is just one story. When you think of the thousands of athletes that have taken part in the Paralympics with varying disabilites, you have to remember that to become top notch at their sport, they first had to overcome the day to day challenges of their disabilities. Can we learn something from this as real estate agents? Or just as fellow members of the human race? As awe inspiring as it is when you hear the stories, (and I've heard a few in the last few weeks), there's really no epitomy here. Focus and motivation will get us to our goals. No matter who we are or what we do to get by. On the inside we are all the same and we are all special. Every single one of us. We are all capable of being the best version of ourselves that we can be. We just need to put our mind to it. In that context we can learn a lot from every Paralympian who made that personal journey. They did it. Even though the odds were stacked against them. They are truly an inspiration!