With that being said, you never know if that person approaching you to call you inspirational is dealing with something so bad that just by seeing a double amputee walk down the street on prosthetics absolutely just made their day, helped them escape from their hardship for a split second and helped them work up the courage to come give you a compliment.My definition of success is your ability to impact and better the people around you.“Have fun, make friends and listen to what your teachers say,” she told me.I went to my sister later that evening and asked her the same question. ” Being so young, I knew I was different because of my hands, but I had no idea what impact that would have on me making friends, so I asked her how to make friends.I told myself that I wanted to make at least 3 friends so that I could go home and tell mom, dad and Sissy, so they would be proud of me.That day I went home and made 6 friends on the first day and never looked back!
A very dear friend of mine named Danny was in an accident as a kid and was paralyzed from the waist down.Her advice has stuck with me to this day and impacts every interaction I have or will ever have. Being a first grader I had no idea what confidence meant, so her advice was to smile and to go up to as many people as possible and say hello and introduce myself.She told me that if they asked about my hands to be honest with them and tell them that “I was born this way.” Sure enough, that first day of school I was a social butterfly.At times it was trying, but what got me through it was when another kid or peer would approach me and see me doing something so mundane and they would look at me, smile and say something to the effect of, “that’s so cool! As I got older, I realized that education was my best friend.Rather than ending the conversation at “I was born this way,” and leaving an inquisitive mind to ponder further, I would take the time to explain what I knew about my hands and even giving them a demonstration of a simple task that I could do.