To be EFFECTIVE, one should appeal to the MIND of others. But to be INSPIRING, one has to be able to reach the HEART of others. One of the values taught by the Olympics is this quality of inspiration. Life is not a smooth journey. There will be obstacles throughout our existence. But inspirational people always have and always will stand firm and fight their way through. Such people inspire lives. However, the best source of inspiration to anybody is one’s own self. Ones past constructs one’s self image. Only when your self image is healthy can you find the inspiration to unearth your potential which manifests itself as performances. How the world sees you makes a small difference. How you see yourself makes all the difference.
A bright example would be Rudy Garcia Tolson. Born with multiple defects like club-feet, both hands with webbed fingers, cryppling pterygium syndrome, cleft lip and palate, he won the Gold Medal at the Paralympics in Beijing For swimming, thus setting a world record. His motto in life has been ‘a brave heart is a powerful weapon. Another such person is Marla Runyan, the first legally blind athlete to participate at the Olympics. Each time, the Olympics and the Paralympics come up with such people and instances, inspiring the world.
• The word Paralympic is derived from the Greek word Para. “Para” is a preposition for beside or alongside. This symbolizes the very purpose of conducting the event – to reign in a sense of equality.• The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sport events by the early 21st century. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes.• There are no disabled people. Only differently abled.
• The Paralympics is an event which provides an opportunity to such differently abled people to exhibit their potential in the arena of athletics and sports.• The Paralympic contests have brought out great talents and have given a moral boost to differently abled people thereby helping them live life like an other person.• Many Paralympic athletes have competed in Olympics and have proved to the world that they are competitive in spite of their disability.• Each of us has a spark inside. It has to be found and nurtured into a fire.• It is not just about the physical conditions of people but also about abandoning the distinctions on the lines of religion, race, caste, sex, creed etc.