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.
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.
Put other people’s needs before your own.
It ain’t how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
When life gets tough, think of Matt Woodrum, who presses through the pain and keeps on going.
Winning does not mean crossing the finish line first.
It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are.
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.
Be thankful, dream big and never give up.