Bethany Hamilton is an inspirational American athlete who became a champion surfer after losing her left arm in a shark attack. She was born in a family of surfers and was introduced to surfing at an early age of five. She soon started competing in national championships and went on to win her first sponsorship at the young age of 9. She became a part of a renowned surfing team and was capable of beating experienced surfers. With her talent she won the ‘National Scholastic Surfing Association’. She had become successful as an athlete and everything was going good in her life before the unfortunate incident of losing her left arm to a shark bite. She had described the experience at an interview as surprising and she even mentioned that she felt like piece of steak being pulled underwater. However, this could not shatter her dream of being a champion surfer and she returned to surfing within a month. She became an inspiration to the whole world and her determination was honored by various channels like MTV and ESPN. She went on to win the ‘NSSA National Championships’ and also started competing in the pro circuit. We bring to you a compilation of thoughts, sayings and quotes by Bethany Hamilton which have been extracted from her writings, thoughts, books and interviews. Read on the inspiring and motivating quotes by Bethany Hamilton that will give you enough reasons to cling on.
It's easy to look at the things of this world to solve our challenges and obstacles in life, but when we submit our lives to Christ, His grace, mercy, peace and love will bring true fulfillment to our lives.
It was Jesus who gave me peace when the shark severed my arm. I trust in Jesus whenever I'm going through a hard time. I see all the beautiful things that have come out of my situation. I'm able to share my story with young girls who have few role models, and I can help others cope with what they have been through.
I think it doesn't matter if you are the best surfer in the world. I'm going to try to be the best surfer I can be. It's not all about competing and being the best. It's more about having fun and just doing what you love.
Like, with one arm I know I can surf, but competitive surfing can be really frustrating, and sometimes you don't do as well as you want to. It can be discouraging at times. But whenever I do get frustrated, I just focus on God.
God will give us the strength to be able to handle things. I mean, you can try to do it on your own, and sometimes you can pull off some stuff, but in the long run, it's much easier with Him by our side.
I'm not a vegetarian by any means; I eat fish. But the problem with shark finning is they catch the shark, cut their fins and throw them back in the ocean, and to me, that's wrong. If you're going to kill an animal, you should use the entire animal and do it humanely. I'm definitely not a big fan.
Growing up, I was blessed to be part of a great church. This is where I met many friends who have encouraged me in my life to live strong for Christ. My church is a place where I can develop friendships with others that will encourage me in my walk with Christ.
Whatever your situation might be, set your mind to whatever you want to do and put a good attitude in it, and I believe that you can succeed. You are not going to get anywhere just sitting on your butt and moping around.
When I was about five, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, and since then it's just been a stronghold in my life. Really, through the shark attack and all the hard times that my family and I went through, it gave us unity and perseverance to push through all this crazy stuff that we never knew was going to happen.
One arm might handicap me a little in competition, but I just work with what changes I know I have to make, and I'm pretty used to it now. It mainly depends on the wave conditions... I only get half the waves everyone else rides, so mine have to be good!
I don't care to be famous. But at the same time, you look at all the role models these little girls have, and they don't have anyone to look up to. I mean, it's weird, but if I just hid out and didn't let myself be known, who would they look up to instead, you know?