(Video link here.) This morning we received an email from a reader with a Vimeo link and these few intriguing words:
This man is the epitome of the improvised life daily and he has achieved this with a grace that makes me rethink my own daily life.
So we watched and were knocked out, and felt the same way.
Ethiopia-born Sentayehu Teshale is so natural in his moves that we hardly knew he’s handicapped; in fact, he seems to reject the very idea of disability, redefining his feet as his hands. Listening to his words, we thought “This is the thinking of a true creative.”
First I imagine something, then I store it in my mind and wherever I go I see it. It may take a long time to make it but because it stays in my mind, I’ll eventually make it.
Teshale envisioned a completely different life for himself than his circumstances seemed to dictate —he was told he should be a beggar — and then created it, along with many beloved objects.
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