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The Joys of Being Grateful | Julian Bajada | TEDxUniversityofMalta
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Added Jul 19, 2016
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How would you feel if you've had to face excruciating physical impairments and surgeries since the day you were born? Julian has a suggestion: grateful. He's here to show you that everyone has the ability to pick up the broken pieces and be whole again.

Julian encountered challenges from the day he was born, but it is his determination to overcome them that defines him. A rare condition affected both his arms and legs, leaving him physically disabled in more way than one. The challenges did not end there and Julian had a mountain to climb, facing a series of back-to-back major operations at the world-renowned Great Ormond Str. Hospital in London.

If there is one thing that has made Julian feel like a “normal person” it has definitely been sports. Julian was handed what he calls a life-changing opportunity when he was asked to take up swimming as his main sport. Working his way up the ranks, Julian represented Malta at the prestigious Para-Olympic Swimming World Championships. In his own words, “Sports has taught me everything, there is no dream too big…”

Today, Julian is a Law Student at the University of Malta and an avid advocate for healthy living and the importance of sports in daily life.

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