Bethany Hamilton Soul Surfer
Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope following a shark attack that took her left arm, but it did not take away her spirit and faith. Her story is a constant reminder that there is no time for self-pity; we need to get out and live life. Her motivational thoughts, sayings and ideas are full of emotions, beliefs and passion for surfing and life.
Inspirational and Motivational Quotes by Bethany Hamilton – about courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, faith, fear, dreams, and NOT giving up:
- “I don’t want easy, just possible.”
- “I’m just a surfer.”
- “My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks.”
- “It’s been amazing to touch people’s lives.”
- “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness,heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”
- “I don’t really want people looking to me for inspiration. I just want to be a sign along the way that points toward Heaven.”
- “People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.”
- “Being able to turn to Jesus after the shark attack kept me alive.”
- “Being creative on the waves is challenging, but we each create art in our own way.”
- “Your looks do not define who you are.”
- “Life is a lot like surfing… When you get caught in the impact zone, you’ve got to just get back up. Because you never know what may be over the next wave.”
- “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
- “The paramedic whispered in my ear ‘God will never leave you or forsake you.”
- “You fall off the horse and you get back on.”
- “Normal is overrated.“
- “I could never have embraced this many people with two arms.“
- It’s hard to look at things that are too close.“
- “Compassion can drive us to do amazing things and give us perspective.
- “I don’t pretend to have all the answers to why bad things happen to good people, but I do know that God knows all those answers, and sometimes He lets you know in this life..”
- “I have this thought every second of my life—Why me? Not negatively, like Why did this terrible thing happen to me? But more like “Why did God choose me and what does He have in mind for me?”
- When people ask me what my faith in Christ means to me, I usually answer in just one word—everything! This was true before and after the shark attack.”
- “My strength came from my relationship with Christ and from the love and encouragement of my family and friends.
- “In the end, my love for surfing helped me overcome my fear of sharks.”
- “It’s hard for me to describe the joy I felt after I stood up and rode wave in for the first time after the attack. I was incredibly thankful and happy inside. The tiny bit of doubt that would sometimes tell me you’ll never surf again was gone in one wave.”
- “I’ve learned life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what’s over the next wave… and if you have faith, anything is possible, anything at all.
- “Love is bigger then a tsunami, stronger then any fear.”
- “My only real fear was that I would not be able to surf again because I was concerned that I would not physically be able to do it. I knew that if I wasn’t able to surf then my life would really change.”
Bethany Hamilton’s Story:
Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition—winning both the short and long board divisions and sparking a love for surf competition within her spirit.
In 2003, when Bethany Hamilton was 13-year’s old, she went surfing with her best friend, Alana Blanchard and Blanchard’s father. As she lay on her surfboard waiting for a wave with her left arm hanging from the side, a tiger shark attacked her without any warning. It took a seventeen inch wide bite out of the surf board and her arm. In the ferocious fight for her life, the shark tore her entire arm off just below her shoulder before vanishing. Bethany quickly swam to shore only using her remaining arm and Blanchard’s father used a surf leash as a tourniquet to help stop her from bleeding to death before she was rushed to a nearby hospital. This incident seemed to end Hamilton’s goal of being the greatest woman surfer and it almost ended her life. She had lost almost 60% of her blood that morning, but she didn’t give up the fight to live. Her father, who was scheduled to have knee surgery that morning, was already at the hospital, but she took his place in the operating room. She then spent seven more days in recovery at the hospital.
She also did not give up her dream of being a professional surfer, and to this day, she still competes.
Just ten weeks after the attack, she was back in the water to re-learn how to surf. With a new surf board created so she could paddle and duckdive , she taught herself to surf with only one arm. After only a couple of practices, she started to surf competitively again. That year she placed fifth at the National Surfing Championship and joined the United States National Surfing Team. Hamilton won the 2004 ESPY award for “Best Comeback Athlete.” Her dream was never lost because she had the determination to pick herself up and ride the wave.
When you come back from a loss, beat the odds, and never say never, you find a true champion.
If you want to get a personal glimpse of her life and faith, and how tragedy has turned to triumph, find out what makes Bethany tick, take a look at her website www.soulsurfer.com
Bethany Hamilton Giving Back:
Bethany Hamilton comes across as a real genuine, kind-loving person. She is involved in many charitable organisations such as World Vision, Make-Wish-Foundation, Christian Surfers. See them all here.
The work she does to offer support and help to other people in need is truly amazing. Bethany Hamilton never dwells upon the attack or her past, pushing it far from her mind, and thinking only of serving, helping, and gladly letting God use her as an inspiration to others.
Her own charity, Friends of Bethany is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ worldwide by inspiring people through the life stories of Bethany Hamilton and others. It supports SHARK ATTACK SURVIVORS and AMPUTEES, worldwide; and presents INSPIRING LIFE STORIES through movies, projects, and activities. They pray for victims and their families, and even send an “Encouragement Packet” to recent or struggling amputees and shark attack survivors
The foundation was started by Bethany’s family and friends with the goal of supporting and encouraging shark attack survivors and traumatic amputees, along with presenting inspiring life stories through movies, projects, and activities.
Soul Surfer Movie:
The movie Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton courageously overcoming all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and faith. I love a great motivational movie about overcoming obstacles and have watched this several times. Bethany Hamilton’s story is a great example. We all face obstacles in our lives each day but sometimes it is good to see someone who does something so amazing that it inspires all of us to do the best with what we have.
The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, Helen Hunt as her mom, and Dennis Quaid as her dad. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. Interestingly, the real Bethany Hamilton did all the one-armed surfing stunts for AnnaSophia Robb. Robb’s head was digitally placed onto Hamilton’s body for the close-up shots. Interviews at the end provide an interesting look at the making of the movie.
Bethany Hamilton Gets Married
Bethany says she met Dirks at the beach on “somewhat of a blind date” last spring, and that the first thing they did was jump off a cliff together. “You could say it was love at first cliff jump,” wrote Hamilton.
“I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him,” Hamilton wrote on her blog. “Neither of us is perfect, but in my eyes Adam is just right and I’m thankful to have someone so perfectly perfect to share life with as one.
“Every time she says, ‘I love you,’ I can’t help but smile and skip a few heart beats,” Adam wrote in a guest post on her blog. “To feel the love of someone who genuinely loves me for who I am and am becoming, is indescribable.”