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Why Bethany Hamilton Inspires Me

Bethany Hamilton is a worldwide surfing champion, a dedicated donor to multiple organizations, a hardcore Christian, and an author. She also happens to have no left arm! She is one of my biggest role models and she inspires me every day.

Bethany was 13 when she was surfing in Hawaii and a huge tiger shark came and tore off her entire left arm. However, as soon as her shoulder was stitched up and healed, she got right back in the water and kept going. It took her awhile, but eventually she was just as good and ultimately better than she had been before the bite. She didn’t let the fear of another shark attack get in the way of doing what she loved most. I admire her so much because she persevered through it all and kept trying!

Another reason I love her is because her beliefs are so strong. For one thing, she has an incredible relationship with God. I’m a Christian, like her, and she inspires me so much to do good in the world. She went on tons of work trips to help those who are less fortunate, and finds small ways to incorporate her faith into everyday situations.

Bethany Hamilton in my mind is an incredible role model in so many ways. From her ability to constantly persevere despite her handicap to her admirable relationship with her Heavenly Father, she is someone whom I think has influenced many people around the world.

My Favorite Movies

I love watching movies! Here are my top five and why:

1.) The Imitation Game-PG-13

This movie is incredible. The plot is so complex, with spies, enigmas, and learning who you really are. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a gay crossword-enthusiast during World War II, who happens to be extraordinarily smart. He gets hired to try and figure out a German contraption called the Enigma. The Enigma is a coding device that the Germans use to send out messages everyday to give details about their next surprise attack. I can’t give the rest away, so I recommend you go and see it to find out the rest!

2.) The Hunger Games-PG-13

Of course, the books are incredible, and we all know that the books are always better than the movies. Honestly though, the main reason I love this movie is because of Jennifer Lawrence. She’s just brilliant! She is able to portray so much emotion, especially in the reaping scene and the scene where Rue dies. I think that these movies have so much depth, and it has such a crazy, unique plot!

3.) Soul Surfer-PG

Soul Surfer is a movie about the life and story of world champion surfer Bethany Hamilton. For weeks after I saw this movie I was researching Bethany and her terrifying shark encounter. One day in Hawaii, where she lived, she was out surfing with her friends and family when suddenly a huge tiger shark came along and ripped off her whole arm. The incredible thing, however, is the fact that as soon as she could, she got right back on the board and kept surfing. All along the way she had God by her side and courage in her heart.

4.) Mean Girls- PG-13

I just saw this movie for the first time last night, and I have to say, I LOVE IT. I finally understand all the mean girl references that people make, like “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” I think that it’s totally hilarious, and a classic chick flick.

5.) Lilo and Stitch-PG

Lilo and Stitch is probably my favorite Disney movie. I just think it’s so cute, and I love Lilo’s sassy/ loving personality. My favorite quote from this movie is when Stitch is talking to the aliens. “This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.”


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