Soul Surfer Essay

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Soul Surfer Reflection Essay Who would ever imagine that after being attacked by a shark while surfing, a person would go back into the ocean; and after having an arm amputated as a result of that attack, that same person would continue to surf? Would you do it? Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton did. She also used her experience as an inspiration to others who have faced adversity. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gogh The meaning behind this quote is the only way to silence a doubter, internal or external, is to do it. Doubt is a diminutive version of fear. What your fear controls you. What you doubt, you will be very unlikely to do. In 2003, teenager Bethany Hamilton lives in Kauai, Hawaii with her parents Tom and Cheri, and two brothers, Noah and Timmy. All are surfers, but she and her best friend Alana Blanchard have grown up with a passion for the sport and enter a competition. Her church youth ministry leader, Sarah Hill, is disappointed when she has to withdraw from a planned mission trip because of the contest. Bethany and Alana place first and third, respectively, while the second place winner, Malina Birch, proves to be resentful. Bethany invites both girls up on the winner's box with her, but Malina ungraciously refuses. The Rip Curl surfwear company offers to sponsor her and Alana in competition. On Halloween, Alana and Bethany sneak off with some friends to go night surfing. Later while Tom goes to the hospital for knee surgery, both girls go surfing with Alana's father Holt and brother Byron. As Bethany dangles her left arm in the water, a tiger shark is swimming just under her surfboard and notices her arm floating in the water. It attacks, ripping off her arm. Just before starting Tom's knee surgery, Dr. David Rovinsky is called to the emergency

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