9 Photos Showing the Strength of the Human Spirit

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Each of us can do the impossible. The photos and their stories in this list are proof that the human spirit is stronger than we expect.

We, at Bright Side, want you to get inspired by people who have overcome their limits. Look through the pictures in this list until the very end to find out about the oldest gymnast in the world, the longest plank, the guitarist without hands, and many others who are reaching their goals despite their circumstances.

1. Hands of the rower

English rower Alex Gregory, a 2-time Olympic Gold medalist, posted this picture on his twitter. These are his hands after spending a long time in rowing gloves. Success comes at a high price.

2. Surviving in extreme temperatures

Wim Hof, or the Iceman, is a Dutch extreme athlete. He holds more than 20 world records, one of them being for the longest ice bath. He is the creator of a number of techniques to combat extremely cold temperatures, including the Wim Hof breathing method.

3. King of the high wire

Nik Wallenda became the first person to cross the Grand Canyon on a wire. Sky Walks run in his family: his great-grandfather walked a 1,200-foot long trek across the Tallulah Falls, and his mother was still walking a high wire when she was pregnant with Nik. In 2011, Nik completed the high wire walk in San Juan, which cost his great-grandfather his life. In 2012, he became the first person to cross a wire directly over the Niagara Falls, fulfilling his life dream and proving that nothing is impossible.

4. Alone on the wall

The picture above shows American rock climber, Alex Honnold, free soloing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He became the first person to complete this free solo ascent. The climb took him 3 hours and 56 minutes.

5. 2 miles from the summit of Mt. Evans, Colorado

6. Tricks on the bars from the oldest gymnast in the world

This 91-year-old German athlete, the oldest gymnast in the world, still regularly performs tricks on the parallel bars. She started with gymnastics at the age of 9, then switched to handball, and came back to compete in her favorite sport at the age of 56. She says that the day she stops doing gymnastics is the day she dies.

7. Playing a guitar without hands

José Antonio Meléndez Rodríguez was born without both arms, but this did not stop him from playing guitar. He learned to play guitar with his feet. On September 15, 1987 he played his guitar for Pope John Paul II and this event changed his life. He released his first album in 1989 and became known all over the world as a talented singer, musician, and composer.

8. Age is not an obstacle for running marathons

Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman to run a marathon. She started running short distances with her husband in her 50s and started participating in marathons at the age of 76. This strong woman beat cancer twice and died at the age of 94.

9. Cyclist’s legs

Pawel Poljanski, a Polish racing cyclist, posted this picture on his Instagram to show what his legs looked like after a Tour de France stage that was 165 km long.

Which photo and description impressed you the most? Whose achievement was the most inspiring to you? Share your opinions in the comments!


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They are amazing... The combination of will, dedication and hardwork. :)


you are never too old to do something you just need the right motivation

- idk who said that


Amazing!! There's the story of Indian boxer M. C. Mary Kom...she had just an hour to lose 2 kg of weight to avoid being disqualified for a tournament, and she did it! Imagine that...2 kgs in 1 hour!


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