Paul Callahan is a quadriplegic who is also a paralympic sailor.
When Paul was 21, an undergrad at Harvard, his whole life ahead of him, he slipped on a wet floor, broke his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down, retaining the use of his arms but not his hands.
He originally spent 5 years going from rehab to rehab, trying to be able to walk again. Eventually doctors convinced him that it was time to stop dreaming of walking and start actually living.
So that's what he did. He said:
"It's an evolutionary process where you transition from one life to the other. I never gave up moving forward. You can define that as walking or being a contributing member of society. At 26 I chose the later."
He is now about to compete in the three-person sailing event at the Paralympics.
He's going for the gold!
With such a positive outlook, we'd be surprised if he didn't medal.
"I've been given an extraordinary gift where I can affect people's lives in ways other people can't. So I see it as a responsibility. I've been very fortunate. You've only got a limited amount of time in life. So you may as well choose to put that towards positive effort, rather than squandering it on the negative."
What a great way to make the best of everything!
He certainly made lemonade out of lemons!
[Image via AP Images.]
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