Limits. It’s all we know as people with disabilities, All I feel like society wants us to know because they don’t have many expectations for us, nor do they understand what we are capable of. Mallory Weggemann wanted more than the limits that society placed on her as person with a disability. Over of course of her book Limitless that spans 10+ years, she takes her readers on her journey to gold: dispelling stereotypes, facing down struggles to rise and triumph even when most had counted her out. She shows what can happen when you start putting aside everyone else expectations and paying attention to your own. If you’re still not sure you want to read Limitless then check out my book review below, but I promise you this book is worth it.
Limitless By Mallory Weggemann Book Review
There are some days where we sit and wonder what if we went in the other direction at the fork in the road, made a different choice, but sometimes life happens and it isn’t about choices at all. On January 21st 2008, Mallory Weggemann walked in to have a medical procedure done, not knowing it would be the last time she walked on her own two feet without a second thought and life as she knew it would be changed forever.
Limitless is the story of Mallory’s journey from newly injured woman trying to process all that has happened, figuring out if her dreams and ambitions: personal and professional were still possible as a now disabled woman to Paralympic champion. Mallory takes her readers on a journey filled with uncertainty,self-doubt, struggles, hope, grit, determination, and triumph. In one chapter she writes ”when old parameters are stripped away, we often find that our future is infinitely greater than anything we might have dreamed otherwise, and our potential is utterly limitless.” This story invites you to consider what you want out of life, then challenges you to do just that. Mallory wanted more for her life than just being the girl who now uses a wheelchair, and throughout her journey, she shows how setting your own expectations instead of relying on others, you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.
Mallory’s words ask readers if they are really doing all that is in their power to go after dreams, showing us that it doesn’t have been done perfectly, with a smile everyday, or without setbacks, but you do need to continue showing up and not let the fear overshadow the hope in succeeding in what it is that you want to do, She shows the readers why it is worth it to keep moving forward.
This book had been on my reading list for sometime and I’m glad I finally had the chance to dedicate time to reading it.It can hard to read someone else’s story when you relate to so much of it, their struggles, their pain, but I also think that doing so allows you to celebrate their wins and hope, not inspiration kind of way, but more motivation to go after your goals. For me, Limitless is like that, with maybe a bit of reflection because it forced me to sit with the idea of who set parameters I’d been living by in some aspects, As I’m writing this and thinking about the book and all that I’ve learned, I’m glad that I didn’t read it when it was first released because I don’t think the lessons in this book would have had an impact. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying you shouldn’t pick it up as soon as you finish reading, because it is definitely worth that, I’m just saying read this book with an open mind: be willing to shift your mind, reflect and take action to chase your dreams because doing anything less is a disservice to yourself.
As a woman with a disability, it was hard to read this book for multiple reasons, but I’m glad I did. Limitless is written in such a way that you can feel the pain of the struggles she faced and you had to celebrate her wins with her, Additionally, I know I’ll be opening the pages again for the passages and lessons that will stick with for a long time to come and I hope that will all positive aspects I’m aiming for in 2023, that the lessons I”m taking away from from Mallory’s story will serve as a reminder that I can achieve not only what I set out to do, but so much more. that we all can.
If you’ve read Limitless, I hope my book review did it justice, if you’re looking for more book recommendations from me, check out books by these beauty influencers. Do you have any books that you have read recently, that you think I and other readers need to check out, If so let me know in the comments
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