In our world, we constantly encounter problems. There will be more significant and life-changing obstacles, and also many smaller, less threatening ones. But what matters most is not the size or relevance of those challenges, but instead, it is more important as to how one deals with the problem. Adversity of all different types and sizes reveals one’s character. One type of adversity, physical adversity, happens in various ways. In Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays with Morrie, Albom shares about how his old professor, Morrie Schwartz, dealt with his physical adversity, after being told that he had ALS, a fatal disease that would slowly render every muscle in Schwartz’s body useless. Schwartz decides that “[h]e would not wither. He would not be ashamed of dying.” Faced with definite death, Schwartz decides to make the best of his time left, instead of wallowing in self-pity. His decision reveals his character of always wanting to live as best as he could, no matter what. Beck Weathers, one of the survivors of the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster, found the will to live from a different source. In the “Storm Over Everest” documentary, Weathers talked about how, on the mountain, a person’s inside person, the real them, is revealed. Weathers was blind at the mountain, and left behind multiple times. When he was left on the South Col overnight, very close to Camp 4, Weathers began hallucinating about his family. They became his inspiration to begin walking. The importance of his loved ones to Weathers was revealed at the time when his life was endangered most. In Aimee Mullin’s TED talk, she says, “And, perhaps, until we’re tested, we don’t know what we’re made of. Maybe that’s what adversity gives us: a sense of self, a sense of our own power.” Mullins was born without shinbones and was never expected to walk or live independently. Mullins didn’t submit to that prognosis, and instead went on to, firstly, walk on prosthetic legs, then competed against...
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