Some people prove to be truly incredible. Despite their circumstances, these amazing humans choose to live life to the fullest.
They’ve faced hardships, life-changing injuries and loss. Yet they still rise above, proving to everyone that a disability is not the end of the road.
Talent is one thing. Even the most talented individuals dedicate years to their craft or art. They practice for hours on end.
The time and effort it takes to master a musical instrument is not for everyone. Now, imagine for a moment how much more determination it must take for a musician missing a vital piece of themselves.
We all know that Beethoven was deaf. Yet his classical and complicated compositions are still enjoyed by millions today.
Then there’s musical prodigy Manami Ito. An accident in 2004 took the violinist’s right arm. The devastating loss could have stolen her spirit.
But the now-34-year-old woman chose to overcome rather than be defeated. Colossal reported that Ito represented Japan in both the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics.
Watch as she slays her instrument of choice. The result is beautiful and the woman behind its bow is even more so.
Wow! She is so graceful, a true artist. The way she uses her prosthetic as if it’s a part of her is amazing!
According to Feedy TV, the violin isn’t the only thing Ito is good at. She’s also a swimmer and a nurse. Is there nothing this woman can’t do?
Ito’s story is inspiring, but she’s not alone. Many other musicians have overcome physical challenges and moved on to become successful in their careers.
Brian King Joseph is in the running for the win as season 13 of ‘America’s Got Talent‘ comes to a close.
The violinist suffers from a nerve disorder that causes him to lose feeling in his fingers and legs. The musician has described the disorder as being extremely painful on several episodes, but continues to play with all his heart.
“The doctors gave me many different drugs to help the intense pain over the years and none of them work for me,” Joseph wrote on Twitter in June. “The terrible side effects took away my muscle memory to play so 2 years ago I made a decision to keep my music, and toss the pills. #worthit #neuropathy #pain”
Worth it, indeed. These musicians bring so much joy and inspiration to those who hear and see them play. Their incredible stories prove anything is possible for those who choose to overcome even the most devastating of life’s storms.
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