1. Amy

    These stories are fantastic and so inspirational. I don’t run anymore because of my knees but I still find these stories very touching. They will motivate me to get out and move more because I can. The encouragement can definitely be transferred to other aspects of life too – especially for people dealing with addiction.
    Which of these stories motivates you most?
    Thanks for posting.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Amy,

      I’m a bit of a romantic so the story of the  marriage  proposal at the track touched  me. However, my favorite story is about Tadija Opack–a man who suffered from cerebral palsy and drug addiction to become a super ultra runner. I think this is an amazing story of how we human beings, with the help of others, can become more than our despair and circumstance. I think Tadija’s courage in overcoming tough obstacles definitely  motivates me  the most. Thanks for asking. You can follow Tadija’s story in part 2 of the series. Let me know what you think.

  2. Brendon

    I had injured my back awhile back and it has left me sidelined. This lead me to become a couch potato, which lead to sever depression.
    Recently I have battling my way back into life. Some days it is such a struggle!
    I just wanted to thank you for a few amazing stories. It is finding these types of stories that help me on my dark days!
    I will be back to your site, you can count on that!
    Thanks you so much,

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Brendon,

      As a caregiver for a back pain sufferer, I understand your struggle living with daily pain. One of the things I have learned is that one has to constantly renew their  belief  that they are more than their  pain. Sometimes that’s  really hard, right? Yeah, it’s difficult when you can’t explain to people that just because you felt good an hour ago doesn’t mean that you feel good now. Just because you look”fine” doesn’t mean you are fine. 

      That said, I think there’s a lot of value in having a positive  outlook.  I came up with this series because I know just how difficult it can be at times to find inspiration when you are in pain. I’m glad to hear that the stories have helped you. I wish you the best. 

  3. Rose

    It’s nice to read something on the internet that’s inspiring. So many times I feel let down by all the negative stuff out there. These stories are a real nice find. I especially love the one about Tadija Opacak. Very touching.

    • Hi Rose,
      Yes, I agree with you about Tadija Opacak. I think his story is a great lesson on how people can rise above their despair circumstance, go on to live fulfilling lives, and serve as real inspiration to others.

  4. ProlificAshley

    The story of tadija is really touching, inspirational and mind blowing. I learnt not to stop believing and not to believe in resilience. The spirit to thrive and focus is all I need.

    • Hi Ashley,

      I think that indeed Tadija’s story is inspirational. His life story and achivement is a wonderful lesson that we need not be trapped by our circumstances. We can rise to meet our challenges and manage to live a fulfilling life.

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