Words matter. These are the best Arunima Sinha Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Everyone in my family enjoys sports and I was naturally athletic as a child. I have been cycling since I can remember, had previously represented by school in football and later my college at national level volleyball.
I come from Ambedkar Nagar, a small district in Uttar Pradesh 200 kilometres away from Lucknow. My father was an engineer in the army and my mother, Gyan Bala, a health supervisor in a government primary health centre. My father passed away when I was three.
The injuries and subsequent incidents inspired me to do something. I converted my weakness into my strength and made it my weapon.
Whenever the national para-athletic games are held, information does not reach the athletes. Whether the physically-challenged athletes participate or not, is a different question. But, we should be informed at least by emails.
I have forgiven and forgotten all those who wronged me.
I have successfully completed the 5th summit of the Mission 7 Summits. I have climbed Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, South America. This is also known as second Everest.
Yes, i will – i will fight for my right and what i believe to be mine. People from the middle class have a right to live their lives with dignity. I have nothing to fear.
I was a sportsperson and had always been so independent. And then suddenly, I had lost such a key part of my body.
If god closes one door, he opens 10 other doors. I believe Im alive today to achieve something. Set the goal and work relentlessly without fear.
I used to feel bad when people called me crazy, when I was on my hospital bed and planning to climb the Everest. But now when people call me crazy about my goals, I feel happy. Now I understand, if people say you are crazy about your goal that means your goal is very close.
By conquering all the seven summits I will prove that physical disability can never be a hindrance in achieving your life’s goal if you have mental strength, strong willpower and firm determination.
I had bought some land in Unnao with the money I got after the accident. I plan to build a sports academy for the disabled there.
Anything can happen at anytime on the mountains.
I have already done seven highest peaks. Now, I want to open a sports academy for children, people with disability and help them rise as I did.
Conquering Island Peak was very important as it increased my confidence.
I had to figure out a different way of walking to ease my journey to the top, surviving in mountains, and more importantly, I learnt patience.
Mountaineering helps in developing confidence and when I scaled Mt. Everest, I saw many people connecting with me which inspired me to scale all peaks across the globe.
Mountaineering is more about mental strength to conquer rather than physical.
I wanted to tell everyone that I’m on top of the world, especially to those people who thought a woman and an amputee couldn’t do it. I took off my mask and screamed, and my sherpa just stared at me.
But I didnt feel like an invalid even for a second. I knew that I could never be the player that I was, so I wanted to do something different – so different that everybody would say that it would be impossible.
I was inspired a lot by Swami Vivekananda, and cricketer Yuvraj Singh who beat cancer.
When I was in the hospital, everyone was worried for me, and I realised that I had to do something in my life so that people would stop looking at me with pity. I spoke to my elder brother and my coach about climbing the Everest, and they encouraged me.
Ever since I lost my limb and started walking with a prosthetic leg, I had been working only on my goal of conquering the 29,000 feet summit. Now that it has been achieved, my next goal is the Seven Summits.
My left leg had to be amputated from below the knee immediately to prevent gangrene from setting in. I was losing blood alarmingly. Here I was informed that the hospital was out of anaesthesia. With no choice, I instructed them to go ahead with the amputation. The limb was sawed off while I was fully conscious.
I have seen hard times in my life. I lost my foot and was badly injured after a gang of thieves threw me out of the running train. I laid down on the tracks for hours and later was hospitalised. I could have failed and died.
My life has been all about risks.
Mountaineering isn’t as solo a sport as one may think. While the main goal is to reach the peak, one also keeps an eye out for others on the way. Nobody is left behind, and until everyone in the group reaches the summit, the mission isnt accomplished.
I was a volleyball player. After the accident, I played the sport in a wheelchair but never liked it. I wanted to live my life like a queen.
On a mountain covered with ice, the sharp points in front of your shoes help cling and climb. But on Carstensz Pyramid, I had to pull my body upward.
I knew that there would be climbers around me who would reach the summit faster. I was warned not to be hasty.
I wanted to live further but wanted to do something special. I took it upon myself to remover the tag of being ‘helpless’.
I would not have climbed Everest had I not met with the accident in 2011. Though I lost my leg, it made me a stronger person.
Banging my feet against the snow to get a grip on the ice, I damaged my artificial leg stump. On several occasions my artificial leg turned 180 degrees and I had to put it back to its normal position which slowed me down. I had to crawl along the slope to move forward, annoying the climbers behind me.
I resolved that I would not let the fear of death hold me back.
My life from the railway track to Mount Everest has been one of struggle. Bachendri Pal and Tata Steel believed in me at a time when I couldn’t even walk so I’m very grateful to them.