Jessica Cox: The World’s First Armless Pilot


Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible” – Audrey Hepburn. 

Most times impossibility is the limitation of the mind. We condition ourselves to believe ‘it’s impossible’ and therefore not worth the try. But thank heavens that as each day goes by, what used to be alive and only possible in our imagination is totally and completely achievable in the real physical world.

Born without arms to a Filipino mother and an American father, Jessica Cox learned to manage her situation and more importantly did not let it deter her dreams, hopes and aspirations. In a way, we can say that what was designed to be a weakness has become a source of her strength and success. At 14, Jessica decided to put aside her artificial arms and trained her feet to substitute her arms. She is known for the slogan- “Think outside the shoe.”

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As a physically challenged, this resilient smart young lady has not in truth had an easy life; she has encountered challenges beyond verbal expressions but right in the face of her disability, she has become a global success and a mark of inspiration. Jessica Cox “received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.”

She is a living proof that when people say “never give up”, it’s not one of those feel good cliches, it is true. What could be more jaw dropping than having an experienced armless pilot? Making it as a female pilot is one significant achievement but flying without arms? That takes the cake; it takes the focus off gender and centers it on the limitless capabilities of the human person.

Did I mention that Jessica has a black belt in Taekwondo; has a degree in Psychology, drives a car and types with her feet? So what is your excuse in fulfilling your dreams? What is keeping you from living and enjoying your life like you should? Perhaps we overrate our challenges and attach so much fear and power to them that we are incapable of moving.

Jessica who is a dancer, surfer and a motivational speaker is yet another living testament that the human potential is beyond body parts. The world has a long list of stars and personalities with impaired body parts and senses but are more successful and happier than the “wholesome” people. Where there is a will, there’s a way!

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