On my previous blog I talked about sports motivation and how motivation is the key to success and the key to be motivated is to focus on what excites you about playing and performing. In this blog I want to talk about Bethany Hamilton which is the perfect example of how to live life with optimism, have faith in yourself and dedication towards one’s passion.
Bethany Hamilton was born and raised in Hawaii. She grew up surfing and always dreamed of becoming a professional surfer. She started surfing when she was 5, under the guidance of her parents. By the age of eight she had won first place in the “push and ride” division of a Quicksilver surfing contest. Her surfing skills advanced rapidly and in that same year entered her first major surfing competition finishing in first place. She had the ambition of becoming a professional surfer so began to compete more seriously at the age of nine. She entered various contests during the years and she became a Rip curl girl and won first place in the 17 under girls contests while competing against girls that had many more years experience.
At the age of thirteen Hamilton went out surfing with some friends when she was attacked by a 14 foot tiger shark. The shark took her left arm and almost took her life. The incident seemed to end Hamilton’s goal of being a professional surfer and it almost ended her life. She lost over 60% of her blood that day, but she didn’t give up the fight to live. She had a dream and she was going to fight for it. A month after the attack Bethany was back in the water pursuing her dream. With a new surf board created so she could paddle with ease, she taught herself to not only adapt to the board, but also adapt to the rough sea out there with only one arm. A year after the attack, Bethany won her first National Title and joined the Unites States National Surfing Team.
Since Bethany was bite by shark and people doubted that she would ever be able to surf again, it became a motivator to prove everyone wrong. She wanted everyone to know she could still surf even without an arm. Bethany Hamilton is a true hero because she showed courage and continued to chase her dreams despite the major setbacks.
“People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.” – Bethany Hamilton.
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