And Looking Forward to Inspiration
ONE BLIND MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
Eric Weihenmayer is a blind man. And for someone who wouldn’t admit he was blind, he has accomplished amazing feats after he admitted it. That’s someone I want to know about! Facing my progressive vision loss can get pretty scary at times but if I see people who don’t let it stop them, I know I can pursue my goals too.
One of the things that makes me smile the most is that God took a vision-impaired, map-challenged young woman, one who got lost all the time in the city she grew up in and He set her loose on the world. On mountains in the Far East. In deserts in the Middle East. In canyons in South and Central America, all on a small teacher’s salary.
She grew up rather quiet and shy–quite bookish. Certainly not one people would ever believe would dare to learn several languages and travel the world, often alone.
That woman is me.
I changed because the people I met took chances.
They influenced me.
And frankly, God made it do-able.
He removed the necessity of driving and finding my way with a map. In place, He gave me public transport and friends who were naturally good navigators. Then He placed amazing passions inside me…and let me go!
Some of the ways I grew…
I’ve always loved the idea of hiking and climbing mountains. But I never did much of it until I traveled overseas. I guess I had to be in the right place–and it seemed like living overseas made me bold and a little fearless.
Even after I started losing more vision.
Being around people who liked to travel influenced me. I became independent and more adventurous. Well, that’s what I call it. Others might call it just living normally. But it never was “normal” to me since everything I tried took on an added element of “what happens if…” because of my vision loss.
When I moved back to the United States and continued to lose more vision, I sought out people to encourage and inspire me.
In this post I want to share a video clip of an inspiring blind mountain climber called Eric Weihenmayer who wrote a book called Touch the Top of the World. He climbed Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua, Kilmanjaro to the ultimate challenge, Mt. Everest.
I found it fascinating to learn who inspired him to attempt these things.
I believe you are going to LOVE this interview with Eric and Oprah. Eric will inspire and change your perspective, just like it did for one young boy who met Eric.
Listening to this interview made me stop and think about those who influenced me along the way. What about you? Was there one person whose outlook caused you to live with more confidence? Who made you believe more in yourself? Share it in the comments below. If you liked this post, click LIKE and Share it with a friend.
You have read “One Blind Mountain Climber.” Copyright, Amy L. Bovaird, September 2014.