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Everyone much faces challenges and problem in life. It depends on the person on deal with, whether they choose to take on the challenges and tackle it or give up without trying. Erik Weihenmayer in Steve Rushin’s “Blindly He Goes….Up” and Uncle Jim from Bill Schermbruckers “Versabraille” both prove that with enough willpower, nothing is impossible to achieve. Both Erik Weihenmayer and Uncle Jim are visually impaired. They face numerous hurdles but they never fail to maintain an optimistic outlook. Erik Weihenmayer constantly holds a positive attitude towards everything in life. He believes that one “can look at life as a nightmare or an adventure.” (Rushin,5)  and he decided to choose adventure. Erik and Uncle Jim do things that others find to be unthinkable for a blind person. For example, Uncle Jim managed to find a way across his town blundly at the young age of 7. While Erik Weihenmayer, not only did he climb the seven summits but he became the first blind man to ever climb Mt. Everest. Erik was able to fully graduate and become a teacher and a role model to the other handicapped people. He thoroughly believes that the only way for mankind to go is up. Uncle Jim has always been a very determined person ever since he was a child. He never let others down and just like Erik Weihenmayer, instead of trying to gain sympathy due to be blind he decides to joke around about it. Erik and Jim both have humor. For example, Before climbing a mountain, Erik decided to take his prosthetic eye out since one of the mountain climbers didn’t believe he was blind. Instead of getting angry, Erik just jokingly asked if should “remove his false right eye” as well. (Rushin,1) Where Uncle Jim was amusingly complaining about the life age of a guide and told the narrator how “having a dogs cramps your style in the end” (Schermbrucker,5). Blindness is a difficult to deal with however Erik and Uncle Jim proved that with the right attitude, even blindness can be beaten. The both of them never game and viewed everything in positive light. They even found ways to laugh about their disabilities where other people would not be able to do so.

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