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What was different about your body when you were born?
I was actually born with one finger on my left hand and a full left leg, but it was curved.
I had surgery when I was 2 and a half years old to remove the part that was curved, so I had a stump that they could put a prosthetic leg on.
And then they took the big toe from that. And they put it on my left hand. So I have two fingers.
I did tons of physical therapy to try to get my new finger to work like a real finger, and not like a toe.
I was always trying to figure out how to bring them together and how to get them to come together and touch,
and I was sitting in the shower, and they touched, and it was amazing!
I was running around the house screaming, yay, I did it! Because that was like the first milestone.
Do you feel different than other kids?
Sometimes I do. People do stare and whisper.
I'll be thinking, like, there's tons of kids in this world, how did He happen to choose me to be one of the kids that had to get their leg taken away.
And I asked God, like, can you please give me a leg, somehow, some way.
But then I have to think, I was born like this. I can't change it.
And when I play sports, I don't feel different. I don't think about anything else. I just think about what's happening in the game.
Would you say sports have become a ritual for you?
Yes. Because I feel like if I don't play sports every day, I feel weird.
I've always felt like sports is where I can go, when I'm sad or lonely or anything.
I love competition. I love the feeling. I love being under pressure and everything.
When I'm playing sports, I go from thinking about all the other things to game mode.
When I'm in the zone, I feel like I have this like fire around me, and then the flames pop up and have this circle around it.
So any thoughts that try to come in, and they get burned by the fire, and they don't let in.
Do you feel you have to work harder than other kids?
Oh, yes. I bet kids, when they take a step, "Oh, I took a step, big deal."
For me, when I take a step, I say, "Oh, no big deal," but I thought about every little bit.
I put so much pressure on my body from being in a prosthetic all day.
I come home. I'm like dying from back pain, and I have to stretch before I go to bed every night.
So how do you stay positive?
I have to think about what I have instead of what I don't have.
I have a great life. I have a great family. I have great legs. I have great friends. I have a great school.
I could go on for years. I'm just grateful that I have so many things that are great in my life.
There's lots of challenges in people's life, and that's a little wall right there.
So I try to break down that wall. If I'm just running around like playing soccer or shooting a lay-up, I don't think about it.
I don't feel different when I'm playing sports because that takes me away from my disability,
but it's a good thing that I'm born like this. I've learned to be confident in myself. I've learned how to be strong.
Firefighters see difficult things every day.
Click to watch as one shares his inspiring ritual in this episode.
All that excitement, energy, sweat, tears,
it's contained until you get all the way up to the top, where you just like explode and just feel like the sky open up.
"Rituals" is a part of "Seeker Stories."
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少了一隻腳、少了一隻手,卻激勵人心的男孩 (The Inspirational Story of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech)

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Ray Du 發佈於 2017 年 12 月 13 日

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「當我踏出一步時我會說:噢,沒什麼大不了的,但我認真感受每一步。」這是出自 Ezra Frech,一個先天左腳畸形、左手只有一隻指頭的男孩之口。年僅九歲的他,卻擁有過人的勇氣與樂觀,不為身體缺陷所囿,並深深感激自己的命運。現在我們來看看他究竟是怎麼做到的?

1prosthetic leg0:22
這個詞指的是義肢,也可以用 a prosthesisan artificial limb 來代替,而形容詞則是prosthetic
The wounded soldier underwent the amutation surgery and had a prosthetic leg.
那名受傷的士兵進行了截肢手術,並裝上了一隻義腿。

He put artificial limbs on when he was born because he had no arms.
他一出生就沒有手臂,因此他裝了義肢。


另外,這裡補充一個字,截肢是 amputation,而它的動詞則是 amputate
In order to save his life, the doctor had to amputate his left leg.
為了要搶救他的生命,醫生必須要將他的左腳截肢。


*同場加映:
3D 列印甜點 (3D printing dessert: Liz and Kyle von Hasseln at TEDxManhattanBeach)


2milestone0:51
milestone 指的是里程碑,通常在生命中取得階段性重大成就時我們可以用這個單字。你也可以用 giant leap 來代替,同樣都是里程碑的意思。
Getting promoted as the CEO of the company is a milestone in Felix’s life.
被拔擢為公司的 CEO 是 Felix 人生中的里程碑。

“That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
「這是我的一小步,卻是人類的一大步!」


stone 有關的用法有:
1. cornerstone (n.) 基石
2. grindstone (n.) 磨石、砂輪
有個常見的片語叫 keep one’s nose to the grindstone,意指拼命工作。想像一下鼻子一直對著磨石,像不像是辛勤工作的樣子呢?
3. a stepping stone (n.) 墊腳石
4. a heart of stone (n.) 鐵石心腸、冷酷無情

3happen to1:07
happen to 是指正巧、剛好,後面接原形動詞,表示碰巧做了某事。
Drop by my place if you happen to pass by.
如果剛好經過我家就來坐坐吧!

Newton happen to be hit in the head by the falling apple.
牛頓碰巧被掉落的蘋果打到。


*同場加映:
我們從線上教育學到了什麼?Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education


4ritual1:33
這個詞大家熟悉的解釋是「儀式」,但也可以指一個人的「習慣」或「日常例行事務」。如果你習慣天天做某件事,它就自然而然成為你的「儀式」了。
Having a cup of coffee is many people’s ritual (daily routine).
很多人習慣每天早上來一杯咖啡。


*同場加映:
超實用!常被失眠所擾嗎?百萬人點閱的好睡五招! How to Sleep Better


5go from V+ing / n. to V+ing / n.1:58
這個片語是指「從某狀態變為另一種狀態」,這個片語雖然是用動詞 go,但並不是真的指從某地走到另一地, 而是指狀態的轉變。比方說影片中的例子是 go from thinking about all the other things to game mode,意指身體有缺陷的男孩從乎思亂想到專注於籃球比賽,藉此找到了自己擅長的事物。
After his mom passed away, Joe went from self-abandoning to spiriting up with the help of his best friend.
在母親過世後,Joe 在他最好的朋友幫助下經歷了自我放棄到重新振作的過程。

Xiao Wan Chang went from knowing nothing about international trade to becoming the Minister of Bureau of Foreign Trade.
蕭萬長由對國貿相關知識一無所知,轉變為當上國貿局長。


6die from2:34
die from 是指因意外而死亡,這裡是作為一種誇飾,指某事深深困擾某人。要表達深深為某事物所苦,也可以說 something is killing someonesomeone is suffering from something。值得注意的是,die ofdie from 儘管意思相近,但仍有些許區別,die of 後面通常只能接疾病或致命意外,die from 則通常是沒有限制。
After the yoga class, Elvie is dying / suffering from the sore all over her body.
瑜珈課後,Elvie 為全身痠痛所苦。

The forest is dying from acid rain.
酸雨正在對森林造成致命損害

The doctor did everything they could but he still died of cancer.
醫生已竭盡所能,他仍然死於癌症。


*同場加映:
為什麼你還活著 (Why You Are Still Alive - The Immune System Explained)


沒有四肢的力克胡哲 (Nick Vujicic) 說過:"no matter your circumstance, you can overcome!” 意即不論你命運如何,你總是可以克服它。如果 Ezra Frech 四肢不健全仍能透過發掘自己所長來找到自我價值,那好手好腳的我們儘管生命不是一帆風順,又還有什麼好抱怨的呢?希望大家看完這勵志的影片能跟小編一樣對自己的命運感到充滿感激唷!

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