Jamie Andrew did mountaineering and climbing… that too without hands and legs, being a handicap…
An Alpinist called Jamie Andrew decided to climb the Alps from the North. At that time he was thirty-four years old. A friend joined him in this adventure.
It was a very difficult climb. When they were about to end their mountaineering expedition, his friend became unconscious. Jamie Andrew tried his best to save him but the friend died. Jamie was alive but he got buried under the snow. He survived in the end but his legs and hands had to be amputated.
When Jamie was in the hospital his friends and relatives used to come to meet him and say “Your whole life has gone for a toss.” But, Jamie always used to laugh and say, “You people are behaving as if you have become handicapped, not me!”
He was discharged from the hospital with artificial legs and hands after three and half months. Friends and relatives thought that Jamie will never go out in the world now. But, just after some days of his discharge from the hospital Jamie took part in the swimming and running competitions. He resumed mountaineering as well.
During this time the press used to write a lot about him. The media was buzzing with the news of his adventures and his spirit. The British unit of the Red Cross Society asked him for help to raise funds because of his popularity. To help them he climbed Britain’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis with the help of artificial limbs and calipers.
A news reporter of London’s Sunday times went to him for his interview and asked him “Now you don’t have legs and hands. Your savings are also spent for your treatment in the hospital. So, what will you do now?”
“I will continue mountaineering and as far as money is concerned, I do not worry for tomorrow. I live in the present.” He replied with a smile. When this report got published, some readers laughed on Jamie and some felt sympathy for him.
But, Jamie proved all of them wrong by scaling heights, physically and mentally.
We can create our own desired world around us when our inner drive and willpower becomes stronger than our difficulties.
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