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ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE

WORDS FROM LEX GILLETTE’S MOTHER, VERDINA GILLETTE-SIMS

We’d even kick the soccer ball back and forth. I would listen to the ball as it would travel across the grass, and once it was close, I’d stop it with my foot and wind up for the return kick. I remember there was a black 18-wheeler truck that my grandma bought me for Christmas. You could twist the crank on the side of the door, and it would light up and rev up for a long haul. Guess who was along for those cross-country treks to deliver hundreds of crates of North Carolina’s very own Pepsi. My grandma.

My grandma helped to open my mind to a world of endless possibility. A small house with a big backyard served as my trampoline into infinite imagination, and today, I’m reaping the benefits.

Our mothers and grandmothers are extremely amazing. Where would we be without them? Where would we be if we didn’t have someone to pour fertilizer into the soil of our minds? Someone who helped to build our dreams instead of tear them down. Someone who refused to allow outsiders to dictate our outcome.

I don’t even want to ponder the thought.

What life would be like if we didn’t have amazing mothers, grandmothers, and similar figures, in our lives to help establish a foundation for success?

Let’s celebrate our mothers!

And not just for one day. ∎ LEX GILLETTE

4x Paralympic Medalist, 4x World Champion & Keynote Speaker
 www.awarenessties.us/lex-gillette Lex Gillette has quickly become one of the most sought after keynote speakers on the market. Losing his sight at the age of eight was painful to say the least, but life happens. Things don’t always go your way. You can either stay stuck in frustration because the old way doesn’t work anymore, or you can create a new vision for your life, even if you can’t see how it will happen just yet. His sight was lost, but Lex acquired a renewed vision, a vision that has seen him become the best totally blind long and triple jumper Team USA has ever witnessed.

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