Acting in Movies, Poetry, Literature are my Oxygen. I am a fan of Creative Intellectuals,as well as Misunderstood,Flawed Beings,who do not let roadblocks demoralize them. Besides life is too short to be spent with people who do not love us.
If you can find inspiration after a plane crash, 47 days lost at sea and two years in a series of brutal prison camps,anythingis possible.
At least that's our takeaway upon first hearing of Louis "Louie" Zamperini's long, strange journey. The one-time U.S. Olympian enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941, in the midst of World War II; his plane went down over the Pacific on a fateful day in May 1943. Three out of the 11 passengers on that plane survived, and one, Francis McNamara, perished at sea. When Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips (the other surviving passenger) washed ashore, they were immediately captured by Japanese sailors and imprisoned through the end of the war.
After his release, Zamperini somehow found it in him to forgive his captors and serve as an inspiration to others.
If it sounds like something out of a movie, it isn't -- but it will be. Zamperini's story is hitting the big screen on Christmas Day thanks to a film called "Unbroken," directed by Angelina Jolie and based off the 2010 Laura Hillenbrand book of the same name.
We've partnered with Universal's "Unbroken" to round up some inspirational quotes, from Zamperini and others, that will give you the motivation to thrive in spite of the most insurmountable obstacles.
Richard “Rick” Hoyt, Jr., was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but that hasn’t stopped “Team Hoyt,” as they’re affectionately known, from racing across the finish lines of endurance events all across America. Rick’s father, Dick Hoyt, recently pushed him across the finish line of their 31st Boston Marathon. At 74, Dick says it’s his last.
Scott Hamilton back-flipped his way to Olympic gold in figure skating in 1984. In 1997, he battled testicular cancer; after recovering, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since then, he’s written two books and serves as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador, among other projects.
You’ve probably heard Aron Ralston’s story: the man amputated his own arm after a mountaineering accident in which he was pinned under a boulder. Ralston continues to climb and has published an autobiographical book, called 127: Between A Rock And A Hard Place, on which the 2010 movie was based.
Oprah Winfrey overcame tremendous challenges in order to become the woman we know today. She grew up poor, the daughter of a single mother, and was sexually abused as a young girl. She got into radio while still in high school, and the rest is history.
Louis Zamperini’s story is the definition of overcoming adversity. Following a childhood marked by troublemaking, he joined the track team and became a star. He qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and finished eighth in the 5000-meter event. In September 1941, he enlisted in the Air Force; a plane crash led to his capture by the Japanese Navy and he was kept as a prisoner of war until the end of World War II. After his return, he had a career as an inspirational speaker. He passed away this July.