Monday, February 3, 2014

Being extra-ordinary

Extraordinary means very unusual, remarkable, exceptional, unbelievable and phenomenal. It describes something or someone not encountered in everyday life, the so-called “out of the ordinary”. Helen Keller, born in 1880 in America, contracted an illness at the age of 19 months, which could have been scarlet fever or meningitis, and which left her deaf and blind. She however got a tutor, Anne Sullivan to assist her through a half decade long friendship. This is where her thirst for learning and becoming more started. She learnt to read Braille and reading lips through movement and vibration as someone speaks and also ended up learning to even speak verbally to the extent of giving speeches. Anne played a huge role in Helen becoming who she became, but it took Helen’s interest and effort to achieve this. Helen became the first deaf and blind person in the world to earn a bachelor degree in arts, wrote 12 published books and several articles and became a world famous speaker and author. Helen Keller was extraordinary with many honors awarded to her and this did not happen passively. She worked for all that she achieved. It takes extraordinary effort to become extraordinary. How much effort will you put in your life to be where you want to be?