Disability is just a thing of the mind that should not be a hindrance to one’s aspirations and dreams. This is exactly how this armless man, who rose up to the challenge of driving himself, has proved it to the whole world!
Vikram Agnihotri, 45, from India, is an armless man who has beaten the odds and started driving with his feet. He lost his arms at the age of seven when he was enjoying a party in his mother’s friend’s house. He was playing on the terrace and accidentally touched a high-voltage wire, and as they say, the rest is history.
Growing up, Vikram never felt different nor was he ever bullied or taunted because of his disability. His parents were always behind him, 100 percent, telling him that he is no different from the others, and that he can do anything he sets his mind to.
Vikram with his parents
He learned to do things for himself like brushing his teeth, washing his face, wearing his clothes, and even writing using his feet. He also excelled in sports, and became an excellent swimmer and a great footballer. But there was still one thing he wanted to be able to do for himself, and that was to drive a car.
“I do everything else myself, so I thought why not driving? The driver at home was making me crazy. He would never turn up on time. Then I had to ask my friends for a lift. It was embarrassing. So I decided to learn how to drive myself,” Vikram told the Mirror.
So his friends taught him how to drive, and after four classes, he bought a small car for himself but did not have it customized that much. The only thing he had adjusted was the acceleration pedal.
Vikram is a very responsible driver and is also one to follow rules. He makes sure to buckle up before he turns on his engine with his right foot.
“It is an exhilarating experience. Driving is fun and I do it with ease. I never panic when I am behind the wheel. I know I am a capable driver,” he said.
“I was lucky to be surrounded by people who encouraged me to take my disability in stride. I was never made to feel embarrassed because of not having arms,” said Vikram.
We must count our blessings and be thankful for what we have. We make do with what was given to us, limb or no limb, and try to create something great or do something incredible for us to say that “we made it!” So let’s not lose hope. Let’s work on achieving goals despite any disabilities.