Meet Adrianne Haslet-Davis: a ballroom dancer, motivational speaker and survivor. In 2013, she was one of many affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. She lost her left leg below her knee due to these horrible acts. This prevented her from doing what she loved most: dance. However, this strong woman didn’t stop her life all together, she simply put it on pause while she learned how to live with her new lifestyle. When most people would call themselves a “victim”, Adrianne refuses to. She says, “I refuse to be called a victim. I am not defined by what happened in my life. I am a survivor, defined by how I live my life.”
I started my interview by asking Adrianne, “Are you brave?” She quickly responded with “Yes.” I then asked her “What is the hardest thing you’ve been through or done?” She began to tell me about her Boston Marathon experience. The first year after the marathon was the hardest for her. Not only was she going through pain, she was getting used to having a new limb and dealing with the reality of it all. She developed anger and depression because she didn’t want this to be real. She thought one day she’d wake up from this nightmare.
The anger and depression quickly passed and her positive and motivational attitude came back. Turning her pain into a bigger purpose was her main goal and she started to live life to the fullest. With a lot of hard work, she re learned how to dance again. Last year, she went back to the Boston Marathon Finish Line and danced her heart out. With every dance move she did, the horrific memories of 2013 were replaced with bravery and power.
A question that everyone must be wondering is what inspires Adrianne? She is not inspired by accomplishment she is inspired by the struggle people went through to get that accomplishment. The journey getting to the top is much more inspiring then only seeing the outcome. I ended this interview by asking her, “Who do you want to empower?” Adrianne wants to empower people going through their daily routines. She wants people to not see through things with obstacles and don’t let their obstacles get in the way. She says, “We are way more capable than we think we are.”
Adrianne has already won such amazing awards for her bravery including the 2013 Med Star Gala Victory Award. She was also named one of Cosmo Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women of 2013” and one of “Microsoft’s Most Heroic Women of 2013”. Even with all of these accomplishments, she is only getting started. Watch out world, this woman is unstoppable.
What does Adrianne inspire you to do?