Those of us without disabilities often take for granted all that we can do, even the simplest of activities like brushing our teeth or opening our bedroom door to step out and begin our mornings.
Despite being born without arms, 32-year-old,Jessica Cox, refused to let her disability limit what she could achieve, whether it was relaxing at home and cracking open a cold beer, applying her lipstick, or even flying a plane.
In 2008, Cox earned her certification as a pilot, after spending three years in three different states learning to fly with her feet. She is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first armless person to accomplish such a difficult task. In the years following, she also became the first to receive a black belt from the American Tae Kwon Do Association.
Being a bit of a tomboy growing up, Cox learned to manage without her prosthetic arms, taking them off at the age of 14 and never stopped participating in activities that she loved, including dancing, gymnastics and swimming. Today, there is almost nothing she can’t do with her feet. She has learned to surf, she plays piano with her husband, sends emails on her phone, and even drives without any alterations to the car, though she does admit to having some trouble doing her hair.
Cox continues to prove those who saw her disability as a limitation wrong and uses her story to motivate others.
With a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, she travels the world with her husband delivering inspirational speeches. She says, “We want to bring speaking to other countries and change attitudes about disability.”
Well, she’s certainly changed mine and gives life to the phrase ‘Anything is possible!’