Spider-Man, Superman, Dead Pool and Iron Man, all have one thing in common. They are all superheroes. But then there are humans who have qualities that are beyond the scope of a “normal” human being. We call them Superhumans. This also includes people who have gone beyond their ability in terms of skill or performance despite their disability. As an able functioning body, one cannot imagine a day without one’s sight, hearing, limbs or speech.
Have a look at these Superhumans who have proved that where there is a will, there is a way forward.
When Sean Stephenson was born, doctors told his parents that he would not survive. In fact, most of his bones were broken during delivery. Sean was diagnosed with a rare disorder that made his bones brittle. Confined to a wheelchair from early life onwards, he started giving motivational talks in schools and colleges at the age of 17. Now an author, speaker and therapeutic coach, Dr. Stephenson has reached millions of people through his website, books, Facebook posts and YouTube videos. You name it and he has been there. He lives with his wife in La Grange and travels all over the world sharing his positive outlook and motivation.
Sean sure knows how to party and he has some groovy moves to show!
Alan Kempster is a double amputee who lost his right-hand and right-leg to a tragic accident when a drunk driver hit his motorcycle while he was riding. Not wanting to give up on his passion, he rigged his motorcycle to have all the controls on the left-hand side. Alan then convinced his local motorcycle racing league to let him compete. With a racing number as 1/2, he won his very first race and he hasn’t looked back since.
Watch him share his left-side story with you:
Craig Parks doesn’t just ride, he hauls ass! He does all the big jumps and shows many riders the way around the track. Despite the horrific street bike crash where he lost his right arm, he did not stop riding. Motocross is not an easy sport and where most people cannot manage with their able bodies, he continues to do that without his arm.
Watch him kick some dirt and show how it’s done:
Nicholas Vujicic also known as Nick Vujicic was born with rare disorder characterized by absence of legs and arms. Although he struggled growing up both physically and emotionally, he eventually came to terms with his disability. He was bullied as a teenager but he now delivers motivational speeches worldwide with focus on disabilities, coping up with bullying and finding hope. He founded two non-profit organisations, Life Without Limbs and Attitude is Altitude.
See him live his life without arms, without legs and without worries:
In 2003, 13-year-old Bethany went surfing with her best friend. What was meant to be a morning of fun and laughter turned into a life changing experience for the young surfer. Bethany was attacked by a 14- foot shark that snapped her left arm clean of her body. After a month in the hospital she was back on the board. Now a professional surfer, she has also penned down her experience in a book Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.
Surf with her as she conquers the mighty ocean :
Marla Runyan is the only running champion in the world who is legally blind. As a teenager, she competed in various sporting events like 200-meter dash, high jump, shot put, long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run. She won 4 gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics. Marla finished at the 8th position in the 1500-meter in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics and the highest finish by an American woman in that event. She released her autobiography “No Finish Line: My Life As I see It” in 2002.
Watch her race ahead of people with vision in the video below!
Jean-Do was a well-known French journalist and author/editor at ELLE magazine when he suffered a massive heart attack in 1994. When he woke up from the coma, he found himself paralyzed completely and could only communicate through his left eye lid. Despite his condition, he wrote a book – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by the person slowly reciting the alphabets over and over again. Bauby died in 1997, two days after his book was published.