There are so many inspiring stories but according to me, the story of Jessica Cox is one of the most inspiring story in the world. Born in Arizona, USA, Cox was victim to a rare birth defect and was born without arms. But now she is the world's first licensed armless pilot. She is also the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association.
For a person born without arms, it is difficult to live in the world. Most of the time people will talk about the defect. They will ask different questions and will show their sympathy. Many would suggest that the child will not live for much long time and it's better to dump the child rather than wasting money on the treatment. But parents of Jessica Cox did not gave up. They taught their daughter how to use her legs as hands.
Cox started her training in Taekwondo at the age of 10 at a school in her home town of Sierra Vista. When she was 14, she won her first black-belt in Taekwondo. She attended the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in communications. While in college, Cox resumed her training in Taekwondo at an American Taekwondo Association club and won her second and third degree black-belts.
Cox has never used artificial arms. Instead she used her feet as most of the people use their hands. By using her feet as hands, she is able to do numerous work. She can put in and remove her contact lens. She also can drive an unmodified car with an unrestricted license using her feet.
On a keyboard, she can type 25 words per minute and she is also a certified SCUBA diver.
In 2005, Jessica Cox flew a single engine airplane for the first time via Wright Flight. After three years of training, on 10th October 2008, Cox earned her pilot’s certificate. She is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
She received a Guinness World Record for the first person to be certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.
Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. She has travelled in 20 different countries across the world to share her story and encourage people with a slogan ”Think outside the shoe.”
Her story encourages us to pursue for dreams and goals of our life and never give up no matter how huge challenge we face. We should be inspired by her spirit and should try to reach our aims. The story tells us that God is watching us and will help us if keep doing the hard work.