Below is a brief clip of powerlifter Cody Colchado from a meet in 2010.
During that meet, he benched 410 pounds, while squatting and deadlifting 550. Yet, while his 1510 pound total is no small feat, what makes it truly incredible is that Cody Colchado is legally blind and deaf. Perhaps then Cody’s greatest strength isn’t his lifting prowess, but his desire to keep moving forward despite the unfavorable hand that he has been dealt.
Cody isn’t privileged to hear the applause from the crowd or see the weights that he’s lifting. He still has visions however. No tragic circumstances can ever take them away.
In his own words,
“When I lift weights, I visualize all the people with disabilities who I’ve met over the years. I hear their voices and they lift the bar with me.”
It is unfortunate that more people don’t follow Cody’s positive approach to life. Just think of all the negative people that we encounter each day. It is rare to get through a day without hearing someone complain about something. Most of the complaints are trivial. Many of the complainers don’t even remember what they were whining about the day before. It’s a constant cycle of bitching and moaning, rather than striving and thriving.
Seeing someone like Cody refuse to succumb to the circumstances that robbed him of his hearing and vision should serve as a wake up call to all. Life is what you make of it. You can either complain about your circumstances or make the most of them.
It’s a simple decision to make and one that must be repeated daily.