Filipino-American Jessica Cox, who was born with no arms, did not limit herself from mastering some skills and learning to live not just an ordinary but extraordinary life.
What makes her extraordinary? At the age of 10, she began learning taekwondo and earned a black belter rank four years after. At the age of 17, she got a license and learned how to drive using her feet to control the steering wheel.
At the age of 22, she thought of taking flying lessons and received a pilot license three years later. She even received a Guinness World Record for being the first woman to fly an airplane with her feet.
Cox, at the age of 34, was able to do outdoor activities including:
She was also able to master the art of doing daily activities, such as typing 25 words a minute with her toes, tying her shoe lace, brushing her hair, brushing her teeth, putting contact lenses in her eyes, and putting her make-up on, among others.
As for her hobby, she knows how to play the piano.
Cox, who is based in Arizona, said she was able to do anything that she could think of by striving hard and practicing until she mastered the craft.
“I think society often tell people with disabilities that they do not have the capability to do things…but to me, the more you practice something, the better you get at it,” she said.
Cox said that these achievements will not happen without the support of her family.
Cox’s father, 76 years old, is a retired band instructor, while her late mother was a nurse. She has an older brother, 36 years old, and a younger sister, 31 years old. Both are able-bodied.
“As a child, I would ask my mother why God created me this way, and my mother would reply it was because God has a great plan for me,” Cox said.
She admitted that without her “wonderful parents,” she will not be the person she is today.
Currently, she picks up another activity and is now learning to do the tricks of slacklining. It is an activity of balancing yourself or walking on a suspended length of flat webbing. It is similar to tightrope walking.
“I like the challenge of doing something new and figuring it out. And for me, there’s also this extra element of knowing nobody has ever done this without their arms,” Cox said.
Cox is a psychology graduate of the University of Arizona. She is married to Patrick Chamberlain, 32 years old, a former taekwondo instructor and now her manager. They have no children yet.
She got thousands of speaking engagements inspiring people about her disability. She also has written her autobiographical self-help book entitled “Disarm Your Limits,” which has sold about 6,000 copies.
There is also a documentary about Cox’s life entitled “Right Footed,” which was aired in more than 80 countries.
Holocaust Hero’s Reunion With Some Of The 669 Survivors He Saved Will Leave You In Tears
Those Holocaust survivors and their families will forever be indebted to him.
Among the list of the courageous heroes of the Holocaust, Sir Nicholas Winton was one of the most celebrated. Dubbed as the “British Schindler,” he organized the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia during the eve of World War 2 in 1938.
It was an incredible feat for an Englishman during that dark period to save hundreds of mostly Jewish kids and transport them to Britain. Despite the odds, Winton was able to arrange for the children’s safe passage to Britain and thus saved them from imminent death in the Nazi concentration camps.
Eventually, with the help of his mother, he was able to find new homes and families for the refugees.
Inspiring Millionaire CEO Pays It Forward by Hiring People Who Need a Second Chance
Chris Rickerson hit rock bottom many times before, and now, he is helping turn lives around.
Chris Rickerson couldn't catch a break. He grew up in poverty, had a chaotic childhood, and struggled with drugs, among other misfortunes. All he needed was a chance to turn his life around. Thankfully, there were kind-hearted people who paved the way for that to happen.
In 2013, after years and years of struggling, Rickerson founded Elite Staffing Solutions. The Wichita, Kansas-based staffing company helps people who have hit rock bottom. It provides construction, administrative, and professional temps. Today, Elite Staffing Solutions is valued at over $3 million.
The road to Rickerson's success, however, wasn't easy.
Lonely 90-Year-Old Lady Asks Neighbor to Be Her Friend in a Heartbreaking Note
We need to take better care of the elderly!
For some people, getting older means having fewer and fewer friends. This is especially true for those in their golden years. A lot of the elderly in our society experience isolation and loneliness, and these can greatly affect the quality of their remaining years. But there's something we can do about it.
Marleen Brooks of Missouri one day came home to see a heartbreaking note from her 90-year-old neighbor named Wanda. The old lady lived down the street from Brooks and was feeling extremely lonely.
In her note, Wanda asked Brooks if the two of them could be friends.
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