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Meet Blessing Fire, the Breakdance Ace Who Uses a Wheelchair

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Born with a leg deformity, Blessing Fire from Zimbabwe was told by the doctors that it would be impossible for him to stand or walk like a “normal child”. With a metal pin holding his leg together, nobody thought he could do much physical activity. However, all these things didn’t stop him from pursuing his passion – breakdancing.

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“I was put in a wheelchair at a very young age. My parents were really worried that if I start to walk, I was going to break my legs because on the right knee I have a metal pin that is supposed to keep the leg together,” shared Blessing in an interview with BBC.

“I was not supposed to walk long distances. I was supposed to be on crutches or in a wheelchair,” he added.

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Through all these negative pronouncements and expectations, Blessing focused on what he wanted to do instead of what he was “supposed” to – “I wanted to walk but I also wanted to dance.”

If the doctors’ advice would be followed, dancing should have been out of the picture but Blessing revealed that he couldn’t give it up. Dancing, he said, brought him joy and peace.

“It was the only thing that gave me a lot of joy and peace inside of me,” said Blessing.

Dancing may have provided him joy but it took a toll on his already frail physical body. However, he worked through the pain. When asked about the hard times, Blessing shared: “When I went home my legs would hurt. I couldn’t sleep in the night my legs were sore. But because I had found something and I really wanted to dance so bad I didn’t care if I broke them, they were damaged anyway. I just had to do this.”

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Blessing Fire is now known as Beat Boy Crystals, a full-time dance teacher and recipient of many dancing awards. With his dancing, Blessing wants give hope to others and show that if you work hard enough, you’ll succeed at anything. According to the talented breakdancer, “If you want something you have to go for it and you have to keep believing.”

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