In life, we’re forced to take the good along with the bad. No one can go through their life without anything negative happening to them. But the truth is, the bad can also make us appreciate everything good that we have. Sometimes, we only come to realize how lucky we are, when we’re reminded that nothing should be taken for granted.
While conquering the challenges we face, we might also find strength in ourselves that we never knew existed. We might learn things about ourselves that we never knew before, and realize we can do things we never imagined. That is the true force of human nature – to overcome hardships, come out the other way strengthened, and perhaps even inspire others.
Ben Baltz was only six years old when he was faced with something anyone would be terrified of having to face. This boy from Florida learned that he was suffering of a life threatening illness, at such a young age. He had cancer. Ben and his family were devastated to learn that doctors also needed to remove a part of his leg, since the cancer had already spread.
Despite facing such a horrible situation, Ben decided not to give up and fight for his dream of being an athlete. He loved running and participating in triathlons, and he didn’t know if he would succeed in doing that again – but he was determined to try. At such a young age, Ben became an inspiration to many people just by being positive and keeping his chin up.
When he broke his prosthetic leg during a triathlon, one Marine saw what happened and rushed to his side to help. When people go through difficulties, it also gives other people a chance to show true kindness and selflessness. Some people just don’t hesitate to jump in and help whenever they’re needed, and such is this Marine who helped Ben in an unexpected way.
This goes to show that even the most difficult times, we still might find strength in ourselves to pull through and jump past the hurdles in life. And if a young boy such as Ben Baltz can stay positive and fight for his dream, then he might just be an example to the rest of us, of what the human spirit can do.