“To keep our faces toward chance and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” — Helen Keller
I can think of few people who had a harder life than Helen Keller–or at least few who had to try so hard to learn how to live life. Helen Keller was deaf and blind (and mute) after an illness when she was just a toddler. Suddenly, she was cut off from the world she used to be so in tune with. Her senses blocked by her physical limitations. Isn’t that how you feel sometimes?
Even though she was cut off from the world, she adapted. It took the right teacher to reconnect her to the world. The illness may have stolen her senses, at least momentarily, but it could not steal her fight–beyond that, she didn’t let it steal her life. Her teacher taught her finger spelling. Her language and recovery progressed, Helen began determined to attend college. She entered school and learned to speak well enough for people to understand her and after 25 years, her determination paid off and she entered Cambridge Preparatory for Young Ladies. Helen mastered several types of language over the years and became a celebrity as well as a lecturer. She advocated for the rights of blind people and the handicapped.
Helen Keller lived to be nearly 88 years old and remains a mentor to all who find themselves living through a nightmare. She remains a sterling example of how hard work and tenacity can bring you through the storm. You can live an amazing, albeit different from what you had planned, life full of rewards.