When the world tells you no, tell them yes.
Lin Ching Lan was born with a severe hearing impairment, but ever since she was a little girl all she wanted was to dance. Because of her disability, she was told numerous times that she would never become a dancer.
Lin did not want her dream to defer, so she applied to many dance schools—but got declined by all of them.
She didn’t give up there.
Lin figured out a new technique that would help her pursue her dream further—a technique that still didn’t allow her to hear the music but it most certainly made her feel it.
“When I was told that I couldn’t dance, I felt extremely sad and asked myself, ‘Why can’t I hear? Why can’t I dance? Just because I can’t hear, does that mean I can’t dance?’ But still, I never gave up on my beloved dancing,” the Taiwanese dancer told Mashable.
Lin told Mashable that because she has a hearing impairment, it resulted in her having a heightened sense of touch, thus allowing her to feel the vibrations of the music through wooden floors, enabling her to practice dance and even perform on stage.
Lin fought against all the odds that were stacked up against her, but she in the end, overcame all of them. She has received awards at Taipei’s Deaflympic Games, got the leading role in a Taiwanese film, became “Miss Deaf Asia 2015,” and, most recently, started Taiwan’s first dance troupe for hearing-impaired dancers.
She also has partnered up with Japanese cosmetics brand SK-II for their #Changedestiny campaign, which seeks to empower women to pursue their dreams despite obstacles, according to Mashable.
Lin came, she saw, and conquered.