Taylor Lindsay-Noel is a passionate and enthusiastic 23-year-old Toronto, Canada native. She previously was a 2012 Olympic gymnastics hopeful and proud member of Canada’s Gymnastics National Team. Unfortunately, on July 15, 2008, she suffered a life-changing fall from the high bar under the misdirection of her coach, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. Since then Taylor has prospered in many facets of her life and is continually finding new mediums to express herself. That journey inevitably led to her discovery and love affair with words and the immense power they wield. She is currently finding the balance of being a writer, motivational speaker, podcaster, recent university graduate and soul-searching young adult.
What to Expect
- Life as a top-notch gymnast
- Taylor shares the initial details of her accident
- The power of storytelling
- Creating a bigger impact
- Getting through low times
- Critical ways Taylor shares her story
- Intuition vs. Fear
- Using fear to succeed
- Taylor’s plans
After the accident happened, Taylor felt the need to be in control of her story and start learning to be her own biggest advocate. She fell in love with the power of words and later realized she wouldn’t want things any different. Being a top-notch gymnast, traveling the world representing her country is great, but who Taylor is today and the work she does surely creates a greater impact than what probably she would’ve been otherwise. After watching the 2012 Olympics, she made peace with herself and started making small steps to move on. She realized life is going to keep moving with or without her being a gymnast. She shouldn’t be tied to any identity. Instead, she should be content with who she is and accept that she doesn’t need a label to be satisfied in life.
As a motivational speaker, Taylor shares her biggest life lessons which she speaks about with her audience.
- Nobody in life is going to be more prominent advocate for you aside from yourself
- As much as we sometimes feel we are lost in life, no one knows you better than yourself.
- No one should control our idea but us, not because something is right for someone doesn’t mean it’s good for us.
Intuition vs. Fear
Taking risks while keeping mind her limitations is one of Taylor’s everyday challenges. She copes up with it by always going down to her intuition. Whenever she feels iffy about it, then it’s not going to be a good situation for her. While she has every reason to doubt and get scared, she manages to use at fear as a tool to be better.
Speaking for herself in front of an audience, she believed it’s necessary to get her message out. Taylor knows a lot of people can doubt and blame her, but she did it anyway. Sharing her story and being real about it created a human aspect to herself that everybody wants to relate to. We always have a fear of not being successful or people not understanding where we are coming from. Taylor uses this fear to propel herself to put out her best work and be her best self. It’s not an easy process, she admits. There are good and bad days, but overall it’s still an incline of significant progress.
- “I realized I had to be in control of my story.”
- “The person I am today and the work I’m doing now is making a greater impact than what probably I could’ve been otherwise.”
- “Life is going to keep moving with or without me being a gymnast. I shouldn’t be tied to any identity.”
- “I’m trying to be content with who I am right now and accepting I don’t need to have a label to be accepted and to be satisfied in life.”
- “Acknowledge that it’s okay not always to be okay. Imperfections are okay because they help to shape us.”
- “Nobody in life is going to be a bigger advocate for you than yourself.”
- “As much as you feel you’re lost in life, no one better know you than yourself.”
- “You should never allow anyone to control your ideas. Just because it’s good for them doesn’t mean it’s right for you.”
- “Sharing my story and being real about it creates a human aspect to myself that everybody wants to relate to.”
- “I have the fear of not being successful or people not understanding where I’m coming from. That fear is going to propel me to put out my best work.”
- “When you go through something traumatic it doesn’t just happen to you but everyone around you.”
- “Having life humble you just gives you an appreciation for every single person around you.”
- “Just attack life because it’s going to be happening and you might as well take control of it.”
Life is happening whether you are ready for it or not. It’s how you face it even when it’s going wrong that defines you as a person.
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