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From the Ted Talk by Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

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The human _______ to _____, it's an interesting thing, because people have continually wanted to talk to me about overcoming _________, and I'm going to make an admission: This ______ never sat right with me, and I always felt uneasy trying to answer people's questions about it, and I think I'm ________ to ______ out why. Implicit in this phrase of "overcoming adversity" is the idea that _______, or happiness, is about emerging on the other side of a challenging experience unscathed or unmarked by the experience, as if my successes in life have come about from an ability to sidestep or circumnavigate the presumed pitfalls of a life with ___________, or what other ______ perceive as my disability. But, in fact, we are changed. We are marked, of course, by a _________, whether physically, emotionally or both. And I'm going to suggest that this is a good thing. Adversity isn't an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life. It's part of our life. And I tend to think of it like my shadow. Sometimes I see a lot of it, sometimes there's very little, but it's always with me. And, certainly, I'm not trying to diminish the impact, the weight, of a person's struggle.

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  3. people
  4. challenge
  5. phrase
  6. prosthetics
  7. adversity
  8. success
  9. ability
  10. adapt

Original Text

The human ability to adapt, it's an interesting thing, because people have continually wanted to talk to me about overcoming adversity, and I'm going to make an admission: This phrase never sat right with me, and I always felt uneasy trying to answer people's questions about it, and I think I'm starting to figure out why. Implicit in this phrase of "overcoming adversity" is the idea that success, or happiness, is about emerging on the other side of a challenging experience unscathed or unmarked by the experience, as if my successes in life have come about from an ability to sidestep or circumnavigate the presumed pitfalls of a life with prosthetics, or what other people perceive as my disability. But, in fact, we are changed. We are marked, of course, by a challenge, whether physically, emotionally or both. And I'm going to suggest that this is a good thing. Adversity isn't an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life. It's part of our life. And I tend to think of it like my shadow. Sometimes I see a lot of it, sometimes there's very little, but it's always with me. And, certainly, I'm not trying to diminish the impact, the weight, of a person's struggle.

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