Who or what defines the word "resilience" to you?
The definition of resilience is " the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like." Many people, teams, cities and countries have their own stories of resilience in the face of crisis. Which are the most remarkable to you?
It's funny if you'd asked that question a few years ago I may have said Lance Armstrong battling with cancer yet still being triumphant with cycling tournaments but sadly we all know the full story of him now...
Truly, I really think there are so many unsung heroes who are out there fighting for us and protecting the freedom of the public. You have to be pretty resilient if you're in any of the Armed Forces.
Saying this, any one person can show or demonstrate resilience. It may be a single mother trying to raise 2 children on her own and still hold down a job, it may be a sports team clinching that final point that changes the game or even solid physical resilience to complete an Iron Man, Octathalon or any other draining physical experience.
No single thing defines it as it is potentially in each and every one of us at somepoint in our lives I think.
I would have to say any soldier who can watch his fellow soldier die right in front of him and to be able to keep fighting regardless is very resilient. This is a very hard thing to cope with and have to go on doing your best to survive and help those survive around you.
This is why I believe the men in the trenches of World War I were nothing short of superheroes. They, more than any armies in history, had to watch that carnage in the mud and rain of France. Yet they still did their jobs.
The United States of America. In its history this country has survived racism, wars, slavery, civil rights, terroists attacks, natural disasters, and economic depressions. While America will never be perfect, we a nation of survivors.
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