In 2001, South African swimmer Natalie Du Toit lost her left left at the knee after being struck by a car as she left a training session. Three years later she won five gold medals at the Paralympics in Athens. In May of this year, she qualified for the able-bodied Olympics, ultimately finishing in 16th place in Beijing. The following poem, a paraphrase of a Benjamin E. Mays quote, hangs on her wall:
The tragedy of life does not lie
in not reaching your goals;
The tragedy of life lies in not
having goals to reach for.
My humble goal for tonight is to make dinner from scratch--maybe a garden-vegetable lasagna with some salad and garlic bread.