I took part in the 2019 Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon run. During the event, I noticed a limbless gentleman overtook me. He was on a skateboard paddling away. In my mind, he was chasing his own dream. There is no excuse. Chase your dream now.
The gentleman’s name is Chris Koch. He was born without any limbs. This did not limit him from doing things that is larger than life. He is a motivational speaker, surfer, farmer and kayaker. I am ashamed to say I am nowhere close to his achievement.
Besides taking part in the full marathon, he was also giving talks at a few schools located in Kuala Lumpur.
From the news, he comes off as someone energetic, funny and positive. Yes! He starts his life with a great disability. And he has done far more than someone who did in a lifetime.
He grew up in a family filled with love and support. Love conquers all. Including physical disability. His family did not write him off. He was given all the encouragement that he needs to be successful.
Mr Koch is like a modern-day swordsman Musashi who is seeking to improve himself and not afraid of hardships.
Please test the lowly Musashi with hardship. Let him become the greatest swordsman in the land, or let him die.
Mr Koch may not be as extreme as Musashi. Nevertheless, the intensity is similar to the great swordsman.
Many of us are luckier and abler compared to Mr Koch. Yet, we did not reach the full potential as he did. We have far more capability within us and we have squandered away. So what is your excuse?
It is essential to go through hardship and suffering to find our true callings. By going outside of our comfort zone, we will only know our new limits.
Life is a journey that we cannot u-turn. We have to keep moving. Do not waste your life. Mr Koch has achieved greatness. You too can achieve greatness. Chase your dream now.