She was born without legs.
Later on, she was placed for adoption.
Two life-changing events that would leave most of us hopeless.
But, Jen Bricker was different.
She said, “I played softball, volleyball, and basketball with no wheelchair or prosthetics. At the time, I didn’t think it was out of the norm. I didn’t think it was amazing. I didn’t understand why everyone thought it was amazing. To me, I was just doing what I loved and what I was good at.”
Out of all of the sports, it was gymnastics that took her to places she had never been to before.
It was gymnastics that revealed one of the biggest secrets in her life.
She said, “I grew up in Southern Illinois. There really wasn’t much diversity… Nobody looked like me, and certainly, no one was Romanian… So, when I saw her, not only did she look like me, which no one looked like me, but she was Romanian, and she was doing my favorite sport.”
At 16, she began looking for answers in order to make sense of the similarities between Jen and her idol, Dominique Moceanu, Olympic gold medalist.
Her findings were mind-boggling.
Jen’s childhood idol was, in fact, her biological sister.
She said, “The person that I was drawn to as a kid... there is a reason why I was drawn to her.”
After several failed attempts, Jen and Dominique finally met.
For some, it may be just a story.
For Jen, it was a confirmation that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.
The building blocks behind life and success can be found in her newly published book, “Everything Is Possible: Finding the Faith and Courage to Follow Your Dreams.”
On self-development: Don’t compare yourself to others
On new opportunities: Have no expectations
On possibilities: You can achieve anything that you set your mind to
On self-worth: We’re all on this planet for a different purpose. We all matter
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