I'm Ashamed to Feel Sorry For Myself...

@LadyMarissa (12165)
United States
May 30, 2009 2:38pm CST
http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=19d8ac11627107892b66 This video made me so ashamed of complaining about having a bad day!!! This is totally AMAZING!!! I received this via an email & found it totally incredible!!! I just had to share this beautiful work of art... In a Chinese modern dance competition on TV one very unique couple won one of the top prizes. The lady, in her 30's, was a dancer who had trained since she was a little girl. Later in life, she lost her entire left arm in an accident and fell into a state of depression for a few years. Someone then asked her to coach a Children's dancing group. From that point on, she realized that she could not forget dancing. She still loved to dance and wanted to dance again. So, she started to do some of her old routines, but, having lost her arm, she had also lost her balance. It took a while before she could even make simple turns and spins without falling. Then she heard of a man in his 20s who had lost a leg in an accident. He had also fallen into the usual denial, depression and anger type of emotional roller coaster. But, she was determined to find him and persuade him to dance with her. He had never danced, and to dance with one leg....are you joking with me? "No way!" But, she didn't give up, and he reluctantly agreed thinking, "I have nothing else to do anyway." She started to teach him dancing. The two broke up a few times because he had no concept of using his muscles, how to control his body, and knew none of the basic things about dancing. When she became frustrated and lost patience with him, he would walk out. Eventually, they came back together and started training seriously. They hired a choreographer to design routines for them. She would fly high (held by him) with both arms (a sleeve for the left arm) Flying in the air. He could bend horizontally supported by one leg with her leaning on him, etc. In the competition, as you will see, they dance beautifully and they legitimately won the competition." Keep the Kleenex close ladies (& you too for the sensitive men)!!!
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@dragon54u (31054)
• United States
31 May 09
The human spirit cannot be conquered forcibly, only by choice. This proves it. I always remember that there is someone worse off than me, and probably dealing with whatever it is more gracefully than I! When I was little there was a sign in the beauty shop my mom went to. "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet". That made a lifelong impression on me.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Yes, no matter how bad off we are, there is somebody worse off!!! I remember that saying & it impacted my thinking also. I used to live in Washington DC & no matter how bad I thought my day was, I always saw someone in worse shape.
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
31 May 09
Hello LadyMarissa, wow. Not much words to describe watching this dance. Beautiful.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Beautiful is the ONLY word to describe it!!!
• United States
30 May 09
Wow! Hi LadyMarissa: That was amazing to Watch! Those two were just unbelievable! I loved how they used the "crutch" in so many wonderful ways!! She without an Arm, He without one leg and they just flowed and blended right into each other; Truly amazing to see!! Thank you for sharing that here with us on mylot!!
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
30 May 09
I wish I could share it with the whole world. What a better place to start than myLot??? Their ability to flow together was truly inspirational. They looked as if they had been dancing together for their entire life!!!
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30 May 09
Hi LadyM, That was most beautiful and moveing dance I have even seen, thanks you for shareing this with us and makes feel ashame of myself when I moan about my height. Tamara
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
30 May 09
Hi tamara, I've NEVER seen a crutch used that gracefully!!! Losing his leg as a child, he had never danced before in his life. I think his gracefulness amazed me the most. The way they fed off of each other...moving as one!!!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 May 09
Absolutely amazing! What a stunningly beautiful routine to watch. It just goes to show that "disabled" doesn't necessarily mean that an individual is not able at all! We should all be so fortunate to be this passionate about something. Thank you for sharing it.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
30 May 09
Stunningly beautiful is the PERFECT term for what I watched!!! Over the years I have taken in several disabled young ladies whose family had turned them out for being too much trouble. One in particular, disabled by a stroke, used to scream "I'm NOT handicapped...I'm handicapable!!!" She worked hard to prove to the world that she could do anything anybody else could do!!! It was such a pleasure to watch her strive to do what her friends were doing. It took her nearly 20 years but now she is back out on her own...working & taking care of her own home (with occasional help). This couple reminded me so much of my darling girl!!!
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