We continue to talk about people who know no barriers. In this article, we will talk about an iconic hero whose face is familiar to almost all of us. This person is a magnificent painter known as “Wooden Leg Frida” and her real name is “Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderon”.
Mexican painter Frida was born on July 06, 1907, in southern Mexico. Frida, who never gave up in her struggle for life no matter what circumstance, faced many misfortunes from the first stage of her life. One of these misfortunes is polio, which she had at the age of 6.
While many children died of polio at that time, Frida overcame this disease. However, due to this disease, Frida’s right leg remained shorter and thinner than her left leg. That’s why she started to be called “Wooden Leg Frida”, which she disliked. This trauma as a child was a very painful experience for her. In 1922, she dreamed of becoming a doctor, she was able to win the national preparatory school for medical education. However, misfortunes continued in her life.
On September 17, 1925 when Frida was only 18 years old, she had a terrible traffic accident. On her way home from school, the tramway crashed into the bus she was in. Many people died in this incident and some got critically injured. An iron rod entered Frida’s stomach and came out of the pelvis. Frida had 32 surgeries while being on edge life and death, in which she overcame the struggle for life.
These misfortunes she experienced also led to new and beautiful things in Frida’s life. The young painter, who came out of the hospital a month after her terrible accident, started painting to forget her troubles and to relieve her pain, even for a little. Frida, who started to draw self-portraits looking at her mirror on the ceiling from where she was lying, becomes happy by painting herself. This is how the famous painter Frida started her painting career.
Her difficulties in life did not prevent her success and today most of the painters adore her works. Frida’s life presents an inspiring example to show physical disability and difficulties do not prevent success. Power to reach success is already in all of us.
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