Updated: May 27
“If you’re born with a disadvantage, it isn’t your fault. But, if you die with it, it’s your fault.” -Hitesh Ramchandani, Author & Global motivational speaker, National Football Para-Athlete, Singapore.
Life’s imperfect & it isn’t fair. Often, these words are told by wise men. In the same way, none of us are born perfect & stay perfect throughout our lives. In fact, every human has a quite a lot of disadvantages. Some are born short, tall, fat & some with rare diseases. Some are born with disabilities or become disabled (although it's wrong to use the word 'disability', we should use other-wise enabled.) Whatever might be the case we’ve some or the other disadvantage, and also advantages. No person is devoid of it. It’s human nature. Like how, 5 fingers aren’t equal so we’re.
It doesn’t matter how many disadvantages you’ve; what matters is how well you manage it & how well you take advantage of the disadvantages & advantages. The biggest disability in life is a bad attitude. This is supported by Thomas Carlyle’s quote-
“Attitude is more important than facts in life.”
This has also been supported by Bill Gates' quote-
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“If you’re born poor, it isn’t your fault. But, if you die poor, it’s your fault.” -Bill Gates, co-founder, Microsoft inc.
When we look back into the history, we’ve seen men and women with serious disabilities, have achieved great things in life. Let’s take the case of Hitesh, he was born with cerebral palsy (a neurological disease which affects motor movements coupled with paralysis of one or the other organ.)
Today, Hitesh is a national foot-ball para-athlete, author of the book “Better than normal” & a global motivational speaker. It was said that he’ll die within 24 hours, when he was born by the doctors. Everyone ostracized his condition, was called a disabled & a burden. Hitesh took it as a challenge & proved many wrong by becoming a global motivational speaker & an author. In fact, every person is ‘otherwise enabled’, everyone has their own inherent talents & skills. Also, we should understand that we’re not of this body. Our mind, body & organs are feeble and disadvantageous, but our soul can never have any sort of weaknesses & disabilities. It remains pure & whole all-time.
When we look back into the Greek empire, Demosthenes, the great orator & lawyer was born with a severe speech disorder. He was stammering in between the speech. Despite this, he proved his worth by becoming the greatest orator in the Roman empire. His relatives had snatched his ancestral property. Demosthenes swallowed marbles and started practice of giving speech with fluency. He learnt the knack of hiding the stammering by taking gaps in the speech. In fact, this made his speech more effective. Soon he was recognized by the people, he became a lawyer, fought & won back all the lost properties. His name even today, represents his legacy.
Jonathan Morrow is the millionaire CEO of ‘copy-blogger’. He was born with muscular dystrophy. Except his mouth & eyelids, everything in his body is completely paralyzed. Through speech recognition technology, he has written articles read by 50 million readers and lives in Mexico.
The Billionaire Chairman of Virgin group, Richard Branson suffered from dyslexia (a disorder which hampers learning & recalling ability,) & yet he manages 90 businesses under the name ‘Virgin’. Now after successively managing dyslexia & Virgin, Branson is free of dyslexia.
Nick Vujicic, the motivational author & speaker, is born without arms & limbs. He is able to contribute to the society by founding 'Life without Limbs', a philanthropic organization. Abraham Lincoln suffered from severe depression throughout his life. But, he became the greatest president of United States & contributed for a greater good & lived for nobler cause. Deepika Padukone, Bollywood actress suffered from depression. She has taken personal responsibility to create awareness among public about depression & other related disorders by giving her interview with Barkha Dutt, NDTV. Similarly, we can contribute something to the society in some or the other way. Nick says if you can't answer these questions; who am I? & What's is my Purpose here? Then you are more disabled than he. Kudos Nick & Deepika!!
As per the latest research by WHO, by 2030 mental health disorders are going to drastically increase among the masses. People tend to view psychological disorders as a curse & an awry thing. Physical diseases like diabetes are more acceptable & common. Is the brain not a part of our body?? If our body has diseases, then brain too shall have diseases. And, it requires all the necessary treatment.
It doesn’t matter what happen to you, but what matters is what are you going to do about. If these men can achieve great things, then why can't you? What's the thing that's really stopping you from achieving big? Are you trying hard enough for your goals?
These questions are to be asked.
The Rocky Balboa quote-
“When we were born, we cried the whole world rejoiced. Let’s live our lives in such a way, that when we die the world cries while we rejoice and rest in peace.”
- Kabir Das, Lines from his Doha.
As we all have disadvantages, let’s stop looking someone with a disability with an awry view & ostracize their situation. There's a suicide rate of one in every 40 seconds in the world. We also here that Tokyo as the suicide capital of the world. we hear actors & actresses committing suicide. Remember, the power of encouragement can save a person’s life.
Above all this,
Let’s adore humanity & let's respect every human as they are.
Thank you All😇😇!!!!