Our leadership team recently viewed a presentation by Aimee Mullins. Aimee is a model, actress, and athlete. In 1996 she competed in the NCAA Track and Field events at Georgetown University. She also competed in the 1996 Paralympics – completing a 100 metre dash in 17.01 seconds, and jumping 3.14 metres in the long-jump. She was named by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. Aimee was born with fibular hemimelia which means she had missing fibula bones. Both her legs were amputated below the knee after she turned one.
The video we saw was a presentation Aimee did in which she talked about how her legs give her super-powers – granting her speed, beauty, varied height, and the ability she has to redefine what her body can be. However, the power of her presentation for me wasn’t about her legs. It was about her attitude, and her willingness not to let an old story hold her back. Rather, she wanted to write a new story – one in which she recognizes her potential through collaboration, innovation, creativity, and imagination – and being open to new ideas. Aimee talks about the importance of seeking new solutions and finding out things about ourselves and our world that we didn’t even know were possible. She also talks about redefining possibilities.
Her presentation is powerful – in fact it is “Super Powerful.” It is a good reminder to all of us that we have a responsibility to change the world. I encourage you to watch the video. Maybe we will all find our Super Powers! Here’s the link: