Amy Purdy是一名残疾单板滑雪运动员,获得过残奥会铜牌和银牌,还在其他比赛中赢得过世界冠军。同时,她还是演员、模特、励志演说家、服装设计师和作家。19岁的时候Amy Purdy不幸感染病毒性脑膜炎,失去了自己膝盖以下的腿部。但是她没有放弃,而是问自己,如果人生是一本书,你会怎么写自己的故事?她给出的答案会让很多人感受到力量。


If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That's the question that changed my life forever. Growing up in the hot Last Vegas desert, all I wanted was to be free. I would daydream about traveling the world, living in a place where it snowed, and I would picture all of the stories that I would go on to tell.

如果你的人生是一本书,你是书的作者,你会怎么写你的故事?这个问题永远改变了我的一生。生长在拉斯维加斯的炎热沙漠,我一直向往自由,我做着白日梦,梦想周游世界,住在能看见雪的地方,编我想讲述的 所有故事。

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At the age of 19, the day after I graduated high school, I moved to a place where it snowed and I became a massage therapist. With this job all I needed were my hands and my massage table by my side and I could go anywhere. For the first time in my life, I felt free, independent and completely in control of my life. That is, until my life took a detour. I went home from work early one day with what I thought was the flu, and less than 24 hours later I was in the hospital on life support with less than a two percent chance of living. It wasn't until days later as I lay in a coma that the doctors diagnosed me with bacterial meningitis, a vaccine-preventable blood infection. Over the course of two and a half months I lost my spleen, my kidneys, the hearing in my left ear and both of my legs below the knee.


When my parents wheeled me out of the hospital I felt like I had been pieced back together like a patchwork doll. I thought the worst was over until weeks later when I saw my new legs for the first time. The calves were bulky blocks of metal with pipes bolted together for the ankles and a yellow rubber foot with a raised rubber line from the toe to the ankle to look like a vein. I didn't know what to expect, but I wasn't expecting that.


With my mom by my side and tears streaming down our faces, I strapped on these chunky legs and I stood up. They were so painful and so confining that all I could think was, how am I ever going to travel the world in these things? How was I ever going to live the life full of adventure and stories, as I always wanted? And how was I going to snowboard again?


That day, I went home, I crawled into bed and this is what my life looked like for the next few months: me passed out, escaping from reality, with my legs resting by my side. I was absolutely physically and emotionally broken.


But I knew that in order to move forward, I had to let go of the old Amy and learn to embrace the new Amy. And that is when it dawned on me that I didn't have to be five-foot-five anymore. I could be as tall as I wanted! Or as short as I wanted, depending on who I was dating. And if I snowboarded again, my feet aren't going to get cold. And best of all, I thought, I can make my feet the size of all the shoes that are on the sales rack. And I did! So there were benefits here.


It was this moment that I asked myself that life-defining question: If my life were a book and I were the author, how would I want the story to go? And I began to daydream. I daydreamed like I did as a little girl and I imagined myself walking gracefully, helping other people through my journey and snowboarding again. And I didn't just see myself carving down a mountain of powder, I could actually feel it. I could feel the wind against my face and the beat of my racing heart as if it were happening in that very moment. And that is when a new chapter in my life began.

那一刻我问了自己,一个决定人生走向的问题:如果人生是一本书,而我是作者,我会怎么写这个故事?我开始做白日梦,像小时候那样做梦。我想象自己优雅地前行,在路途中帮助别人,再次玩单板滑雪,我并不是仅仅看到自己从山上滑下来,我可以真切感受到那个场景。我可以感受到风扑面而来,感受到心脏的韵律 如同那一刻正在真实发生,那就是我开启人生新篇章的时刻。

Four months later I was back up on a snowboard, although things didn't go quite as expected: My knees and my ankles wouldn't bend and at one point I traumatized all the skiers on the chair lift when I fell and my legs, still attached to my snowboard — went flying down the mountain, and I was on top of the mountain still. I was so shocked, I was just as shocked as everybody else, and I was so discouraged, but I knew that if I could find the right pair of feet that I would be able to do this again. And this is when I learned that our borders and our obstacles can only do two things: one, stop us in our tracks or two, force us to get creative.


I did a year of research, still couldn't figure out what kind of legs to use, couldn't find any resources that could help me. So I decided to make a pair myself. My leg maker and I put random parts together and we made a pair of feet that I could snowboard in. As you can see, rusted bolts, rubber, wood and neon pink duct tape. And yes, I can change my toenail polish. It was these legs and the best 21st birthday gift I could ever receive — a new kidney from my dad — that allowed me to follow my dreams again. I started snowboarding, then I went back to work, then I went back to school.

我研究了一年,仍然不知道用什么样的腿,也找不到任何有用的资源。于是我决定自己做一副假腿,我和制作者把各种部件拼在一起,做了两条可以玩滑板的腿 。你可以看到生锈的螺栓、橡胶、木头和荧光粉胶带。没错,我可以换指甲颜色。这双假腿以及我21岁生日收到的最好礼物——我爸爸的一个,让我再次追逐梦想。我开始玩单板滑雪,我重新工作并回到学校。

Then in 2005 I cofounded a nonprofit organization for youth and young adults with physical disabilities so they could get involved with action sports. From there, I had the opportunity to go to South Africa, where I helped to put shoes on thousands of children's feet so they could attend school.


And just this past February, I won two back-to-back World Cup gold medals — which made me the highest ranked adaptive female snowboarder in the world.


Eleven years ago, when I lost my legs, I had no idea what to expect. But if you ask me today, if I would ever want to change my situation, I would have to say no. Because my legs haven't disabled me, if anything they've enabled me. They've forced me to rely on my imagination and to believe in the possibilities, and that's why I believe that our imaginations can be used as tools for breaking through borders, because in our minds, we can do anything and we can be anything.


It's believing in those dreams and facing our fears head-on that allows us to live our lives beyond our limits. And although today is about innovation without borders, I have to say that in my life, innovation has only been possible because of my borders. I've learned that borders are where the actual ends, but also where the imagination and the story begins.


So the thought that I would like to challenge you with today is that maybe instead of looking at our challenges and our limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go. It's not about breaking down borders. It's about pushing off of them and seeing what amazing places they might bring us. Thank you.

所以,今天我想让你们挑战的是,与其把挑战、局限看做不利或者坏事。我们可以把它们看做恩惠,可以点亮想象的神奇礼物,能帮助我们走得更远,远到我们从未想过。这不是要打破局限,而是把局限推得更广 然后看看它们能把我们带到怎样美好的地方。