Seven People I Find Truly Remarkable
Sometimes in life there are those people that really blow you away. Here is a list of seven of those extraordinary people that show you miracles can happen and that this world is truly an amazing place to live. I put this into the category of "Most Beautiful People" because to me this is a form of beauty. These people's stories have completely inspired me for a multitude of reasons and I hope they inspire you, too!
Lizzie has a very rare syndrome that has been undiagnosable by doctors. There are only two other women in the world that seem to have the same syndrome, showing how rare their situation truly is. The main symptom is their inability to gain weight or retain body fat. I know that to some people this seems to be a dream but, at 23 years old Lizzie only weighs 60 lbs. She has to continually eat throughout the day just to retain enough energy to do daily tasks.
Throughout her life she has been bullied ferociously. "I felt like some sort of monster," she said, she explained to a reporter. "I never told anyone how bad I was being picked on because I was embarrassed. When I would take a bath at night, that's when I would cry." But, instead of letting this destroy her world, Lizzie is working on trying to make our world a more beautiful, less judgmental place. She has written two books about her amazing journey and is an accomplished motivational speaker.
Ben Underwood did not let being blind stop him from seeing the world. From a young age he started to experiment with clicking and how the sound would echo off of objects. Through practice, Ben taught himself how to use echo location to move through life. When Ben was two years old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in both of his eyes, Bilateral Retinoblastoma. The chemotherapy and radiation, unfortunately, were unable to save his eyesight, but that never stopped Ben from learning to make the best out of his situation. He did everything a person with sight could do with the help of his mother always standing by him, supporting his alternative sight. It is truly remarkable how our body can learn to heighten the other senses when one is gone and Ben completely learned how to harness that power.
“I’ve seen a lot of grown men who didn’t have the courage and weren’t able to handle themselves under fire like [Monica Brown] did,” Staff Sgt. Aaron Best told The Washington Post. “She didn’t miss a beat.” Private First Class, Monica Brown is an amazing example of a truly amazing woman. An eighteen-year-old medic during the Taliban attack in Afghanistan, Monica stayed completely fearless while saving the lives of her fellow soldiers. She repeatedly risked her life on the front lines, a place that has been deemed "inappropriate" for women. For her amazing valor, Monica was awarded a much deserved Silver Star.
Wim Hof, better known as the Iceman, has taught himself through self-directed learning to control his heart rate, breathing and even blood circulation. This has made it possible for Hof to handle extreme cold by controlling his core body temperature. This amazing ability has enabled the Iceman to break 18 Guinness World Records including the Ice Endurance feat, which is now set at 1 hour and 52 minutes. Wim has been able to learn how to control his autonomic nervous system through his hypothalamus, which has been thought by scientists to be impossible. By training himself, Hof has been able to maintain a core body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) even after sitting in a cylinder filled with ice all the way up to his neck for almost two hours. Wim claims that anyone is able to master this ability through training and self-discipline and offers courses and workshops on his methods.
This one man's actions are changing the way the world learns. Sal Khan is the founder of one of the most remarkable websites that I have had the privilege of coming across in a very long time, khanacademy.org. His vision was to make education accessible to the masses for free. It is true that in today’s society money does stand in the way of a good education for so many brilliant minds. With the help of his team, Sal has been able to make education vastly available and completely free for those with a thirst for knowledge. Their online lessons range from humanities, Science, math and even test preparations.
Carla King describes her career as a "mashup of writing, editing, publishing, adventure travel, motorcycles, and technology." She has written books, articles, and blog posts on her amazing travels. Carla also is the founder of Self-Publishing boot camp for authors who are looking for help and advice to pursue their dream of becoming published. Being a writer, Carla is someone that I look up to personally. She has road her motorcycle across many different countries and has become a true inspiration for me to pursue my personal dreams of becoming a self-published writer. She shows that through courage and perseverance anything can be done, even if you're a woman.
I know that it doesn't seem like J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter Series, on the surface, is inspiring. But, she is truly a remarkable woman. Rowling came up with the idea for Harry while riding on a train. She is shows all of us to chase even the smallest of ideas if they turn into dreams no matter how far-fetched they seem. J.K. Rowling was a poor, single mother who could hardly afford food or clothing. While raising her child and working, she found time to write seven of (in my opinion) the most amazing novels that have ever hit the Young Reads' shovels.