POINT TO PONDER
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
STORY LINE by Rajiv Shah
Lizzie Velasquez can't gain weight. She's also blind in her right eye. She suffers from a rare disease that apparently affects only two people in the entire United States, Lizzie being one of them.
While in her teens, Lizzie was featured in an online video that proclaimed she was the ugliest woman in the world. Comments to that video included a viewer who wrote that Lizzie would be doing everyone a favor if she would just kill herself.
But Lizzie Velasquez refused to let her appearance, others' opinions, and negativity stop her from finding her power to do something positive with her life. Hear her inspiring story in her own words:
To be honest, I don't know if I'd be able to see the world with the same optimism if I was born with Lizzie's condition. It's inspiring and a kick in my rear to hear her story and what she has done with the challenges she's been given.
Lizzie Velasquez reminds me that whatever challenges we face, it is up to us to decide what we choose to focus on and who we want to be. Because Lizzie proves that there is always a silver lining on the horizon, if we are courageous enough to look for it.