Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller
When Helen Keller was just 18 months old, she contracted a fever that left her deaf and blind. For the first several years of her life, she couldn’t communicate with anyone. When Helen was 6, a gifted teacher taught her a form of sign language, and suddenly everything changed for Helen. Not only could she now communicate, so much became possible for her to accomplish.
Helen was incredibly smart and a voracious learner. She went from being deaf, dumb, and blind to graduating, cum laude, from Radcliffe in 1904– the first blind person to do so. Over the course of her life, she learned to read braille in 5 languages, published 12 books, co-founded the Helen Keller International to combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition and helped found the American Civil Liberties Union. She traveled to 35 different countries before embarking on a 40,000 mile 5 month tour of Asia at the age of 75.
Helen Keller’s life was indeed a daring adventure. No one expected a deaf and blind girl to accomplish anything. But as soon as she was able, she gave. She gave all she had to learning how to communicate. Then she began to help others. She wrote to promote awareness. She raised money to help people in need. She advocated for political change. Because she gave so much of herself and to others, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 1936, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, and was elected to the Women’s Hall of Fame in 1965.
Do you know who lives daring adventures? People who give. People who give of themselves and to the world, because they create and attract opportunities to serve others.
Give, because you want to live a daring adventure.