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5 Inspirational people who will make you go wow!

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Life lessons from inspirational people

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Every now and then we need a kick in the pants to remind us how lucky we are. Sometimes we fret over the smallest, most insignificant things, wallowing about what we don't have instead of appreciating what we do have. These five extremely inspirational people, despite their circumstances, continue to live life to its fullest and make every day count. We are sure you'll find them as motivating as we did.

Kaitlin Roig

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and none braver than Kaitlin Roig, a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman went on a killing spree at the small Newtown, Connecticut, school, killing 20 children and six adult staff members. On hearing gunshots, Kaitlin crammed her 15 six and seven-year-old students into a small classroom bathroom, some on top of the toilet so they could all fit and barricaded the door with a bookcase. In an interview with ABC's Dianne Sawyer, she recalled the horrific events.

Most people would have been traumatised, but Kaitlin Roig used the experience as inspiration to create a non-profit organisation called Classes 4 Classes, a way to encourage every kid in the U.S. to have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others and help others through a website platform that helps them to pay it forward.

LIfe lesson:

Put other people's needs before your own.

Kristy Banks

You've heard the saying "get back on the horse." That's exactly what Australian jockey Kristy Banks did just a short 10 months after a riding accident which left her a paraplegic. Despite her injuries, the determined young lady is doing what she loves, only this time she is barrel riding. Strapped on to the saddle, Kristy continues to enjoy the thrill of competing. However, it seems like the Aussie battler is in for the biggest ride of her life after recently announcing she and her husband are expecting a baby — another milestone. Kristy's cousin Karley sums her up best in a post on her Facebook page: "You decided you were going to Shawshank it and get busy living, not get busy dying."

kristy banks on horse

Life Lesson:

It ain't how hard you hit, it's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

Matt Woodrum

If ever there was a kid with grit and determination, it's Matt Woodrum. Born with spastic cerebral palsy, the 11-year-old is showing the world that it's more about your attitude than your ability. Now a YouTube sensation, the video clip of Matt running 400 metres has gone viral. As he slowed towards the end, his PE teacher ran over to join him in the last leg while the rest of his class at Colonial Hills Elementary chanted his name, spurring him across the finish line.

When life gets tough, think of Matt Woodrum, who presses through the pain and keeps on going.

Matt Woodrum

Life lesson:

Winning does not mean crossing the finish line first.

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Janine Shepherd

An Australian champion cross-country skier, Janine Shepherd was in training for the Winter Olympics when she was hit by a truck during a bicycle ride in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Doctors did not expect her to survive and, when she did, they warned her that she would never walk again. Being a partial paraplegic wasn't the end of Janine's life, it was the beginning of a new one as a pilot, an aerobatics instructor and a motivational speaker. Her story is best told in her own words.

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Janine Shepherd

Life lesson:

It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are.

Nick Vujicic

One of the most inspirational people, Nick Vujicic's catchphrase in life is, "no arms, no legs, no worries."

Born in Australia in 1982 without legs or arms, only what he calls a chicken drumstick, Nick hasn't let his disability stop him from doing anything. He plays soccer, he swims, he even met the love of his life, got married and is a father. As the director of Life Without Limbs, Nick now travels the world as a motivational speaker.

nick vujicic

Life lesson:

Be thankful, dream big and never give up.

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Photo credits: Kristy Banks/Facebook Nick Vujicic/Facebook Janine Shepherd/Facebook
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