Many of us have had someone in our lifetime tell us we can’t do something. We’re not good enough, smart enough or that it will be to hard for us to accomplish. If we allowed these comments to stop us from doing what we wanted, we wouldn’t be living authentically or being true to ourselves. Tony Melendez at the age of 16 started practicing the guitar. People told him he couldn’t do it because he has no arms. It’s a good thing he didn’t listen to them.
The next time someone tells you, you can’t do something. I want you to remember Tony Melendez and this song.
Tony was born in Nicaragua in 1962. He was born without arms because his mother was prescribed Thalidomide a drug used to help calm morning sickness during her pregnancy.
At the age of 16, Tony starting teaching himself guitar. On September 15, 1987, Melendez sang Never Be the Same while playing the guitar with his feet in a special performance for Pope John Paul II. Visibly moved, the Pope descended from his chair and embraced Melendez. The Pope told Melendez, “My wish to you, is to continue of giving this hope to all, all the people,” which inspired him.
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