This TedTalk by Caroline Casey is one of the most inspiring I’ve ever heard. She shares with the audience about her big realization at age 17 – she found out that she was clinically blind, only being able to see about 2 feet in front of her. Caroline’s parents had kept this from her, and she’d led a normal life for 17 years accomplishing many things that doctors had told her parents she would never be able to do.
In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. “Being absolutely true to yourself is freedom. And I never needed eyes to see — never. I simply needed vision and belief. And if you truly believe — and I mean believe from the bottom of your heart — you can make change happen. And we need to make it happen,because every single one of us — woman, man, gay, straight, disabled, perfect, normal, whatever — everyone of us must be the very best of ourselves. I no longer want anybody to be invisible. We all have to be included. And stop with the labels, the limiting. Losing of labels, because we are not jam jars. We are extraordinary, different, wonderful people.”