2. Amy Purdy
  3. 14/10/2017

“I believe inspiration is contagious.”

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Quotes by Amy Purdy

Quotes by Amy Purdy

  1. A lot of times, people think ‘para’ as far as ‘paralyzed.’ ‘Para’ means ‘alongside,’ so the Paralympics are alongside the Olympics on the same courses, the same hills.
  2. After I lost my legs, I got invited to my old high school, and I shared my stories with all the classes. I remember I was so nervous and didn’t know where to start, but I knew I had information they could take away.
  3. After I lost my legs, all I wanted to do was snowboard again. I remember spending an entire year on the computer, looking for ‘adaptive snowboarders’ or ‘snowboard legs’ or ‘adaptive snowboard schools’ or just something that I could connect to. I already knew how to snowboard – I just needed to find the right legs.
  4. All through high school, I was incredibly healthy. I loved the outdoors, and I loved snowboarding because of the freedom.
  5. As for how do I respond to those who want to throw stones, well, I don’t.
  6. As humans, we need to reach out for support.
  7. At the age of 19, the day after I graduated high school, I moved to a place where it snowed, and I became a massage therapist. With this job, all I needed were my hands and my massage table by my side and I could go anywhere. For the first time in my life, I felt free, independent, and completely in control of my life.
  8. Dancers know how to move their arms and their hands. But I don’t know the first thing about how to move my arms and hands gracefully.
  9. Dancing is about expressing yourself, and the more walls you let down, the better.
  10. Every day that I am healthy, I want to use that day to its fullest now.
  11. For me, I just began, eventually, to embrace what I had. This is what I have to deal with and, not just deal with, but this is what I have to share, and how can I do that the best way.
  12. For me, a bad day is when I have nothing going on.
  13. Growing up in the hot Last Vegas desert, all I wanted was to be free. I would daydream about traveling the world, living in a place where it snowed, and I would picture all of the stories that I would go on to tell.
  14. I always felt really lucky that I only lost my legs, because it could’ve been so much worse.
  15. I always say snowboarding saved my life. It gave me a reason to focus on the future; it gave me something to be passionate about.
  16. I am not an over-the-top kind of person.
  17. I believe inspiration is contagious.
  18. I can’t really say I miss my toes.
  19. I didn’t think about money or cars or anything like that.
  20. I don’t want to see myself as this sad, disabled girl. I know that. I don’t want other people to see me as that, either.
  21. I feel that losing both my legs was a blessing. It was meant to happen to me: I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to touch so many lives in such a positive way.
  22. I got this second chance at life, and I live it.
  23. I grew up born and raised in Las Vegas and actually grew up skiing. You know, we’ve got some ski resorts close to Las Vegas, up in Mount Charleston or Brian Head, so I grew up skiing and snowboarding.
  24. I guess I’m always up for a challenge.
  25. I have a very good sense of my body and where it’s at. Although I don’t feel the ground in the same way that somebody else would, I’m very aware… I can feel pressure, and I know exactly where my toes are and exactly where my heel is.
  26. I have two prosthetic legs. This is my life; what am I going to do with it? And it’s put me on this amazing journey. I can look back and be completely grateful and say I would never want to change anything.
  27. I kind of had to figure stuff out on my own and get myself snowboarding competitively again. I went through all types of different legs to try to learn which were going to work for me. Luckily, I was able to figure it out.
  28. I knew I loved dancing with my friends.
  29. I knew I loved music, and I knew that I could feel music. So, I knew I had rhythm.
  30. I knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I didn’t want people to see me as disabled. I wanted to live a life of adventure and stories.
  31. I like moving, challenging myself.
  32. I lost my spleen, I lost the hearing in my left ear, so I had a lot of internal organ damage.
  33. I lost the life that I knew, and I really had to rethink my future and think about my core values and the things that I love, and my passion, and that’s really what helped me move forward. Also, for me just being grateful for what I had in my life versus on focusing on what I was losing, that really helped as well.
  34. I love the smell of rain, and I love the sound of the ocean waves.
  35. I made a choice before I lost my legs that I was going to live the best life possible and that I wasn’t going to let this slow me down – and that choice has kept me moving forward.
  36. I simply do the things that inspire me, be that snowboarding, designing clothing, or dancing.
  37. I think the designs and creativity are limitless with 3-D-printed clothing.
  38. I tried snowboarding at 14, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I snowboarded every day off I had, every weekend I had off of school, every holiday we had off from school, and it became a huge part of my life, not just what I love to do, but really just kind of who I was.
  39. I want to go to dinner with Oprah! Who doesn’t?
  40. I want to live a fulfilling life.
  41. I was 19 years old, and I felt like I had the flu one day. Within 24 hours, I was in the hospital on life support, and I was given less than a 2 percent chance of living. It took five days for the doctors to find out that I had contracted bacterial meningitis.
  42. I was in kidney failure. I ended up having a kidney transplant on my 21st birthday.
  43. I was on my death bed, and I remember hanging on to these words, ‘Don’t be scared. You are going to live an amazing life,’ and I have.
  44. I’m a big oatmeal fan. For my every-morning breakfast, I will do oatmeal with cinnamon, goat’s milk or even butter, with apples and raisins, and then I’ll maybe do some eggs, say two poached eggs with that.
  45. I’m an athlete, yes, but I’m also a woman. I’m someone who kind of, in a way, lost touch with that part of myself after I lost my legs, because there are certain feminine traits you lose when you have prosthetic legs.
  46. I’m learning how strong I am, how resilient I am. I’m learning my weaknesses.
  47. I’m not trying to be an inspiration, but I’m flattered to be considered one.
  48. I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to miss out on anything.
  49. I’m really motivated by music, and I love dancing, even if it’s just by myself in my room or if it’s going out with my friends.
  50. I’m so comfortable on my snowboard that I don’t have to think about it very much; it’s somewhat second nature.
  51. I’m very grateful that I’ve had the opportunities I’ve had.
  52. I’ve always been driven, and I like the creative aspect of figuring things out.
  53. I’ve always made the choice to do everything to my fullest potential.
  54. I’ve learned that borders are where the actual ends, but also where the imagination and the story begins.
  55. I’ve never wanted sympathy votes in anything I do in my life.
  56. If somebody would’ve told me that I was going to lose my legs at the age of 19, I would’ve thought there’s absolutely no way I’d be able to handle that. But then it happened, and I realized that there’s so much more to live for, that my life isn’t about my legs.
  57. If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.
  58. If you believe that you can’t do something, then you’re not going to do it. If you believe you can, and you’re willing to put in the effort and figure out a way to do it, then the majority of the time, you can.
  59. If you want something bad enough and you work hard enough, anything’s possible.
  60. If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the question that changed my life forever.
  61. In my dreams, whatever I am doing, I look down to see if I have prosthetics. It sets my time frame in my dream, I think. I’d have these dreams that I am running and launching myself, and I look down and see that I have prosthetics. I have a lot of those, where I do great, amazing things with my prosthetics.
  62. In snowboarding, I’ve always looked at really strong competitors through a lens of gratitude rather than envy in the sense that the better my competition is, the more it forces me to work hard, focus, and be better myself if I want to succeed, which I do.
  63. It was challenging. It was never easy for me. My life changed suddenly, and I lost my health. I lost the body that I knew.
  64. It’s when I compare myself to what other people are able to do that I run into trouble. It is a bummer. I just constantly try to put things into perspective.
  65. Just because I’ve got two prosthetic legs, yeah, I had to adapt in ways, but I’ve also become a lot stronger. It doesn’t mean I’m at any disadvantage, really.
  66. Just the thought of being on Oprah’s radar at all is humbling, but to actually have her take time get on the phone with me kind of blows my mind.
  67. My dad gave me life twice. I thank him by using the strong body I now have.
  68. My dad gave me one of his kidneys.
  69. My dad had given my sister and I our starter car, a red, old 1985 Chevy Blazer. It was so beat up, the taillights would fall off, and we would use red duct tape.
  70. My legs haven’t disabled me. If anything, they’ve enabled me.
  71. My motivation is not to try to inspire, but rather to do things that inspire me and hopefully that will spread to others.
  72. My spleen burst. I remember feeling my heart beating really fast. Beating right out of my chest.
  73. Of course, I was 19 years old, and I suddenly lost my legs. It was extremely traumatic at the time, but I’m so beyond that. I’ve done so much with my life.
  74. Of course, there are benefits to having prosthetics. I can make myself as tall as I want. I can wear flip-flops in the snow if I wanted to. There’s benefits.
  75. Oprah has been a true inspiration to me, so I’m truly grateful both to her for taking the time to speak with me, and to the folks at ‘DWTS’ who set it all up.
  76. Pfizer’s actually teamed up with my nonprofit organization, which is called Adaptive Action Sports. I cofounded this organization in 2005 to help people with physical disabilities get involved in action sports, go snowboarding, skateboarding.
  77. Road trips to me are just such an escape. You listen to your music, and you roll the windows down. You’re usually going to somewhere fun.
  78. Since losing my legs, I’ve found out that I am able to help other people by sharing how I’ve overcome my obstacles.
  79. Taking off your clothes is one thing. Taking off your clothes and your legs is an entirely different matter.
  80. That’s really what the Paralympics is about: these amazing athletes and this technology that’s allowing them to reach their full potential.
  81. That’s the problem with bacterial meningitis: it progresses really fast. You think you have the flu, and they say within 15 hours it’s severely deadly – for sure within the first 24 hours – but even the first 15 hours.
  82. The human foot has bones and muscles and can balance back and forth. If you step and you maybe make a little mistake, your foot can compensate. But if I step in the wrong spot, my foot isn’t going to compensate because it’s just one piece of carbon fiber.
  83. The thing with prosthetic feet is you can’t have all this crazy motion, or you’d be all over the place – because it’s mechanical, and it’s outside your body.
  84. The way I look at it is, we all have disabilities.
  85. There are no rules in snowboarding.
  86. There are plenty of people who have legs who are way more disabled than me.
  87. To be able to walk down the street and have people stop you, not just because they recognize you, but because you somehow personally touched them, it’s amazing.
  88. We all have challenges. You can let them be obstacles or roadblocks, or you can use them.
  89. We all have things that limit us and that challenge us. But really, our real limitations are the ones we believe.
  90. We did everything we could to save my legs, and it just came to a point where if we didn’t amputate my legs, I wouldn’t survive. In that situation, you kind of go into survival mode, and you find strength.
  91. We’ve all seen that every challenge we’ve gone through, we’ve learned something from. It’s not getting hung up on the challenges but figuring out how to get ahead.
  92. What’s cool is that Oprah is the same person on stage and in front of a camera as she is off stage and behind the scenes. She speaks the same way on camera as she does off camera.
  93. When I turned 16 and got my license, the Chevy Blazer was passed down from my sister, so it was very much a starter car.
  94. When disease took my legs, I eventually realized I didn’t need them to lead a full, empowering life.
  95. When you are truly you and share who you are with the world and be confident in who you are, it doesn’t matter what size you are. It doesn’t matter what your different body parts look like.
  96. Yes, there are things that I can’t change, but the things I can, I’m going to do everything in my power to work very hard through them and come out stronger on the other side.
  97. You can’t even imagine the feeling you get when someone tells you that you are about to lose your legs.
  98. You don’t always have to have the most amazing story. It’s learning to share the story you have that counts.
  99. You don’t have to be positive all the time.