Lizzie Velasquez has an extremely rare medical condition which has led her to become an author and motivational speaker.
This video has been floating around the webosphere (may have made that word up :mrgreen:) and also appeared a few times on my Facebook feed. This morning I found the time to watch it. Oh. My. Goodness. It was inspirational. It was beautiful. She is beautiful. This video made me cry and smile, all before 8AM in the morning.
In her speech, Lizzie speaks about creating your own definitions, defining your own person and refusing to let other people put labels on you. Since in today’s modern world, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid being defined by other people or by society’s ‘standards’, it’s quite a fresh reminder that we are in charge. Only we have the power to truly define ourselves.
And my favourite line? “Tell me those negative things, I’m gonna turn them around and I’m gonna use them as a ladder to climb up to my goals”
Bravo, Lizzie, I applaud you. You are one of the world’s most truly beautiful people.