“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The Quadriplegic who reached for the sky

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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At the age of 19 Dave Jacka had a horrific motorcycle accident rendering him a quadriplegic. Dave had only 6% of his body function left after the accident and was paralyzed from below his armpits.

Fed up of being looked after and having zero independence Jacka decided to try and teach himself to perform everyday tasks again like being able to try and get into bed unaided. A couple of years after achieving this Dave took up wheelchair rugby, eventually representing Australia in the sport at the 1996 Paralympic Games. He had another dream. A dream many would consider impossible. He wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of flying a plane, and, in 2013, he achieved his ultimate goal of flying solo around Australia.

Jacka flies his plane by using modifications he designed himself, according to the film. He controls the engine’s speed by breathing into a tube. The pilot then steers the plane using his arms and hands.

Jacka fully believes that people can achieve so much but that individuals just don’t realise what their true potential is. What could you achieve do you think? Take a leaf out of Dave Jacka’s book and try something today.

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