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Your Excuse is Invalid

This is one of the most inspiring videos I have come across in recent times.  The man in the video is Steve Alexy.  He is forty one years old.  He has cerebral palsy from the day he was born. Cerebral palsy is a condition categorized by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. The brain damage is typically caused by brain injury or any abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing whether it is before birth, during birth, or immediately after.

 

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy in an infant may not always be apparent at birth. Cerebral palsy affects; muscle control, movement, coordination, tone and reflex. It may also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.

However, he began exercising with weights sixteen years ago to improve his strength and coordination.  He wished for more and wanted to compete in a bodybuilding competition. He says that he wanted to prove to people that a physical disability shouldn’t hinder someone and limit their potential.  Moreover, he also suggests that he wanted to do something unique and different.  He increased his strength and focused on improving his weight lifting form.   It resulted in his body stability and coordination, he opines.  Importantly, his doctors had said that he would never walk.  Alex notes, “I wish the doctors that told my parents I would never walk could see me today.”

Also, his social media accounts are overwhelmed with several inspiring comments.  Right after his video was published, it went viral and over four million have viewed in just four days.  The numbers are staggering and a surprised Alex replied.  He says, “Thank you everyone for the support.  Still in shock!  Let’s make this an inspiration movement!  Anything is possible.”

Similarly, I can relate to the story.   The cerebral ataxia that has marred me doesn’t affect the way cerebral palsy does.  However, I can notice that I cannot perform various movements that my gym clients easily manage to execute.  I don’t want to stop, nonetheless.  So, when Alex says that anything is possible I am bound to believe that.  We take for granted to most menial of tasks that we execute every day, but I am moved by what Alex has shown us.  His story undoubtedly says that your excuses are invalid.

Watch the inspiring video.  It’s heart-touching.

PS:  I thank my gym client who shared the story with me.

 

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