Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Determination, thy name is Jessica Cox!!!
By now most of us have heard of this wonder-girl, but still, without writing a word or two about her would be unfair on my part to my blog write-ups.
Meet 25-year-old Jessica Cox a graduate from the University of Arizona, USA who has proven anything is possible with hard work, focus and a gritty mind-set.
Jessica was born without arms and doctors had no clue on the exact reason for she born that way. And so from her childhood, legs are her 'hands'. Like any other kid, she was aggressive and enthusiastic in many activities though she did it all with legs, that others did with hands. Be it swimming, dancing, gymnastics or outdoor sports. She always showed an aversion towards prosthetic devices even at the early stage. And here come another shocker; she earned a black belt at the age of 14 from the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation. And now you can imagine what all she can do with legs with the easiness of hands. Writing 25 wpm while taking down notes at college, using computers at ease, putting contact lenses, brushing hair, washing and what not.
Till the age of 25, three years ago, she had never traveled in an aircraft, leave alone thinking of flying one. And it was a historical meeting when Robin Stoddard, Executive Director and founder of a non-profit organization called Wright Flight Inc, happened to meet her and asked if she is interested in flying an aircraft. She obediently replied that the only thing she is scared of, is flying. Robin explained to her about his senior, a strong-minded Fighter Pilot who lost both his legs in an accident and was confined to wheel chair, but still fly planes !!! Jessica got inspired and thought of breaking the jinx and she rewrote history by flying one on that destined day, 10th of Oct 2008 and she did it in style. . Remarkable!!!
A great lesson to learn from this gorgeous, indomitable girl. She was always ‘used to’ carry out and achieve whatever she Aspired. Let us, the so called 'physically fits' be 'awake' and expect many more wonders from her in future.
God Bless !!!