Unable to See His Talent
Some people are unable to see what extraordinary things they can contribute to society, even if they have two good eyes. Vincent Van Gogh was an excellent example of an extremely talented individual that couldn’t see what artists all over the world recognize today.
Van Gogh was mentally ill. He even cut part of his ear off. He was hospitalized because he was unstable. He eventually died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He never realized that his artwork was worthy of fame and would influence the world for generations to come. Yet, he had a rare and enviable talent, despite his disability.
If you love classical music, then you have most definitely heard of this extraordinary individual. Despite a serious disability, he created music that is still appreciated by audiences around the world.
What makes his work even more astounding is the knowledge that this man was totally deaf. He couldn’t hear a note of the music he created. For the last 25 years of his life, he had to depend on his memory of music. Yet, he composed awesome works of art.
A Portrait of Emotions
Frida Kahlo is a famous Mexican artist that suffered debilitating pain as she struggled with polio. Although she used vibrant colors, her paintings are famous because they reflect the pain of her disability.
Although Frida was often hospitalized and bedridden, as the result of her polio, her artwork is a lovely depiction of her feelings.
The Luck of the Irish
Actually, luck had nothing to do with this disabled man’s accomplishments. In fact, you might consider him one of the most unlucky people to ever grace the planet.
Christy Brown was born with severe cerebral palsy. In fact, his motor functions were so impaired; he could only control the movement of his left foot for much of his life. Even speech was a long time in coming and difficult at best.
Yet, he became a famous Irish painter and author. If he had not lost the battle with the bottle, and had the proper care, he might still be alive today, and still painting exceptional works of art, simply by using his left foot.