After posting the Don’t Worry Be Happy video last week, in which Christopher Reeves did some whacky dancing, I dug up my old copy of his book and skimmed through it. Great read if you haven’t picked it up before.
Nothing is Impossible is the story of his equestrian accident in 1995 which left him paralysed, his life afterwards, his attempts to heal his body and his work to promote spinal chord research.
Although he ultimately died before his body could heal, through his hard work and determination in rehab, he was able to regain some movement in his fingers many years after the injury – something his doctors told him would never happen. He refused to accept his injuries as permanent or limiting and his attitude is incredibly positive and uplifting. The book covers topics such as parenting, faith and hope.
From the book:
“When the unthinkable happens the lighthouse is hope. Once we find it, we must cling to it with absolute determination…Hope must be real, and built on the same foundation, as a lighthouse; in that way it is different from optimism or wishful thinking. When we have hope, we discover power within ourselves we may never have known – the power to make sacrifices, to endure, to heal, to love. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”
He was and is an inspiration.