The Amazing Race just finished another season on Friday and one couple was especially inspirational. Their names were Adam and Bethany and they are surfers. Bethany had only one arm due to a tragic encounter with a shark. Despite the tragedy, she kept going back into the ocean to continue surfing and even signed up for this show. Even though they finished in third it was such an inspiration to watch Bethany and Adam throughout the season.
They often had to decide which challenge she could do and which one was better suited for Adam to complete. However, they were never 100% sure what the challenge really entailed. One time she had to balance herself while she crossed a plank bridge and on the other side she had to complete a big puzzle. She needed two hands to do this but she never panicked and actually used her feet and her one hand to place the puzzle pieces. In other instances she had to ride a bike, repel down a cliff and swim just to name a few examples. That’s what was so amazing about her; she never complained and she just found a way to complete a challenge. Adam was a great supporter to her as well and even when they were behind, they didn’t argue with each other and just focused on the task at hand. They were very positive and humble people and nothing seemed to rattle them.
As a disabled individual myself, I couldn’t help but admire what Bethany accomplished. It goes to show that you can really do anything that you set your mind to and nothing is impossible. There have been more disabled individuals in these types of shows recently and they are so inspiring to watch. A few years ago there was a blind woman on “Master Chef.” Her blindness never held her back, it was actually an advantage since she had to rely more on her taste and smell senses both of which that are equally important in the culinary arts. It was even more impressive that she won the show and now has her own cookbook. All that these individuals share is the inability to allow their disability to limit what they want to accomplish in life. My friend would say that they have truly disabled their limits.