Every now and then we all run across a story that makes our chests swell with pride for another who overcame ridiculous odds. No, we aren’t all saps. We were simply built to appreciate the triumphant victory of an underdog, the little guy who defeats the grade school bully, the person who despite all obstacles, finds a way to succeed. So for Veterans Day, we bring you an inspirational story about a man who refused to give up and continued to fight everyday, until he conquered the impossible. When American Paratrooper Arthur Boorman returned home injured from the Gulf War, doctors told him he would never walk unassisted again. Boorman suffered from debilitating injuries to his back and knees; and as a result of multiple jumps, would spend the rest of his life wearing braces and using the assistance of a cane. For 15 years, Boorman accepted his disability, fell into deep depression and reached to just under 300lbs. His days were agonizing captured by pain and defeat.
At the age of 47, the demoralized veteran came across an article about World Championship Wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page.
[For those of you who haven’t lived in the US for the past 25 years, we understand if you do not recognize the name of one of America’s most famous icons. Known for his infamous “Diamond Cutter” move, DDP is about as American as American’s get. He was named after the Dallas Cowboy’s, for God’s sake. After years of dominating the American professional Wrestling circuit, Page suffered similar injuries as Boorman and turned to Yoga for help. He soon started his own program, and a few years later became a nationally known Yoga instructor].
Boorman contacted Page for help, and DDP responded with willingness. After ten months of strength and dedication, 140lbs later; Arthur Boorman regained his balance, removed his braces, and is even running!
We all have and know stories like this. Stories of personal achievement, fight and inspiration. Don’t give up. With the right amount of dedication and commitment, we can help each other achieve more than we’ll ever know.