Overcoming obstacles

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Every accomplishment in life takes a great amount of courage.

Alvin Law shares a laugh with students at the fourth annual Challenges and Choices Day Tuesday. More than 700 students from 11 Moose Jaw schools were at Riverview Collegiate Institute to hear the motivational speaker discuss 'Alvin's Laws of Life.' 

This week Alvin Law, a man born without arms, told over 700 Moose Jaw students at Riverview Collegiate how at many times in his life he felt like giving up and just living with his parents — but with courage he didn’t let his handicap hold him back from living his life.

As a teenager he pursued his musical talents, winning 17 gold medals in music festivals for both drumming and playing the trombone — instruments that would normally be played with your hands.

“I drove here. I travel by myself. I feed myself. I look after my family. I own my own business. I travel the world,” Law told the students. “Which part of me is handicapped?”

Law’s story should give everyone perspective. He rejects the term handicap, because he didn’t allow his challenges to stop him and neither should any of us.

Some “handicaps” and “challenges” may not be as obvious as Law’s and may be invisible.

For some it may be debilitating depression or anxiety that can prevent them from even getting out of bed. Or, it may be fear of failure and self-doubt.

Whatever your challenges are — getting up in the morning won’t always be easy.

Being bullied isn’t easy. Graduating from high school won’t be easy and paying the bills for your family won’t be easy.

As we climb over the obstacles in our way, we are rewarded.

A high school student is rewarded after graduation with the chance to pursue his dreams and experience independence. A mother or father who return home after a long day at work is rewarded with the gift of family.

However, first, each of us need courage.

All editorials are written by Times-Herald editorial staff.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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