This powerful talk by Amy Purdy is truly inspirational, and I am in full admiration of the way she followed her dreams and aspirations despite the boundaries that were imposed upon her. Those unfortunate events gave her the inspiration and determination to overcome those obstacles and achieve her dreams.
“If your life were a bookand you were the author,how would you want your story to go?That’s the question that changed my life forever …
Eleven years ago, when I lost my legs,I had no idea what to expect.But if you ask me today,if I would ever want to change my situation,I would have to say no.Because my legs haven’t disabled me,if anything they’ve enabled me.They’ve forced me to rely on my imaginationand to believe in the possibilities,and that’s why I believethat our imaginations can be used as toolsfor breaking through borders,because in our minds, we can do anythingand we can be anything.
It’s believing in those dreamsand facing our fears head-onthat allows us to live our livesbeyond our limits.And although today is about innovation without borders,I have to say that in my life,innovation has only been possiblebecause of my borders.I’ve learned that borders are where the actual ends,but also where the imaginationand the story begins.
So the thought that I would like to challenge you with todayis that maybe instead of looking at our challenges and our limitationsas something negative or bad,we can begin to look at them as blessings,magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginationsand help us go further than we ever knew we could go.It’s not about breaking down borders.It’s about pushing off of themand seeing what amazing placesthey might bring us.”
“Music is the fourth great material want of our nature-first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.”
What Bouvée says is undeniably true. Our body’s food is the product of the earth: fruits and vegetables and so forth. But our soul’s food is music. Undoubtedly it is so. Even our physical nature at times intensely craves and desperately needs music.
Keep Your Head Up is one of my favourite songs. As a rule I don’t listen to music when I run. However, during a particularly challenging night when I was running in the 6 Day Self-Transcendence Race last year I needed music to get me through and take my mind off the pain and discomfort. I was feeling rather sorry for myself; I was cold, tired, could barely walk and I was not in a good space. I knew this song elicited a strong emotional response in me and the lyrics are very poignant, especially the part where he says “All I was searching for was me”. I just love the video which is so uplifting and joyful. I so want to have a go on that soap slide, it looks so much fun!
Playing the song on repeat got me running again as my mind drifted off to a much better place and I became so happy and full of gratitude, remembering the purpose of why I was running the race. I became oblivious to the cold biting wind, the darkness and the pain that I was in. That could have been quite easily a lyric of the song.
I spent my time watching
The spaces that had grown between us
And I cut my mind on second best
The scars that come with the greeness
I gave my eyes to the bottom
Still the seabed wouldn’t let me in
And I tried my best to embrace the darkness
In which I swim.
Now walking back down this mountain
With the strength of a turning tide
The wind so soft at my skin
The sun so hot upon my side
Looking out at this happiness
I searched for between the sheets
Feeling blind, to realise
All I was searching for was me.
Keep your head up, keep your heart strong
Keep your mind set, keep your hair long
Keep your head up, keep your heart strong
Keep your mind set in your ways
Keep your heart strong.
I saw a friend of mine the other day
And he told me that my eyes were gleaming
I said I’d been away
And he knew the depths I was meaning
It felt so good to see his face
The comfort invested in my soul
To feel the warmth of his smile
When he said ‘I’m happy to have you home’
Keep your head up …
Because I’ll always remember you the same
Eyes like wildflowers with your demons of change
May you find happiness there
May all your hopes turn out right
May you find warmth in the middle of the night.