Put on your different shoes and do what you were meant to do

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Kirani James and Oscar Pistorius1 Put on your different shoes and do what you were meant to doAfter a great couple of weeks of watching the 2012 Summer Olympic games and feeling the overwhelming urge to do push-ups during every commercial break, the games have come to an end.

Even if you’re not a fan of the Olympics (though I’ve yet to meet a person who isn’t a fan), the take-a ways transcend any individual sport, country or medal. These were the first games in which all of the more than 200 participating countries sent female athletes. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt solidified his standing as the fastest man in the world, proving that you don’t have to have state of the art equipment and unlimited resources to begin your quest to become the best. And when Grenada’s Kirani James exchanged name tags with South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius after the 40m semifinals I almost descended into my ugly cry. (Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle / © 2012 Houston Chronicle)

But it was the words of Oscar Pistorius himself – the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic games -  that moved me the most, and reminded me that whatever lot we’ve been given in life, whatever abilities we have or don’t have, the way we approach our circumstances can have the greatest impact on what we’re capable of doing.

“My mother used to tell us, Carl, put on your shoes, Oscar, put on your prosthetic legs. So I grew up not thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes.” – Oscar Pistorius on growing up with his brother Carl

Today, whatever form your “different shoes” take – strap them on then go do whatever it is you were meant to do.

  • Pamela@inthepresent.com

    Well, I was the one in a million who just didn’t get into the games this year. But, I did fully enjoy hearing some of the touching stories of course this being one of them. But what if I was simply meant to take off my “special shoes” and take a nap?

  • Jackie O Nappy

    I really enjoyed the games and this was also one of favorite moments. I thought about how different the world would be if we stopped comparing ourselves to others negatively. He never found himself to be different, just different shoes! :)

    Did you do any pushups by the way?

  • womenatforty

    I LOVED his words and his attitude and thought that his mom deserved big kudos too. And yes, Jackie, I did about 5!! :-)