|Scooped by Anton Medina|
Anson Hui's story is a story about a young boy who had everything going wrong for him, but that was soon turned around. When he was young, he was diagnosed Glycogen Storage Disease - a disease that prevents his body from storing sugars properly - and required a tube connected to his stomach to keep him alive. He was also diagnosed with autism. Because of this, he was bullied as a kid and his teachers wanted him "held back" a couple of grades. However, not everything was bad for Anson. He has been gifted with what musicians call "perfect pitch", the ability to be able to determine the pitch of a note just by hearing it. Through what he says is his God-given talents and hours upon hours of hard work and dedication, Anson was able to win many piano awards, turning everything around for the kid that was bullied because he was "too dumb." A video is attached to the article that shows Anson playing the piano around mid-way through the piece, and Anson is truly amazing. He fought the odds and worked as hard as he could to be where he is now.
Anson's story relates to a few of the topics discussed in class. Firstly, there's the fact that a human body still has dignity no matter what. Anson had many obstacles in his way, from the fact that he was physically different, to the fact that he had learning disabilities. However, this didn't stop Anson from continuing onwards and achieving greatness. Even though Anson has to be fed at night through a tube, he still has dignity, and he knows that. He knows that because he believes that God put him here for a reason, and because of that, Anson believes in himself. Also, Anson's story relates to the different kinds of "smarts" in our Religion unit. Anson had a hard time learning in the school environment, but excels at one-on-one homeschooling. Anson is very self-smart because he knows about himself and accepts his life the way it is and embraces it. He believes in himself and is true to himself. There's also the very obvious music (sound/rhythmic) smart. Lastly, this also shows the different types of love that people con have. In this article, you learn about Anson's mother and how she never gave up on him, going out of her way in late nights to even homeschooling him. She does this all out of love for her son. This isn't a love that has to be earned by Anson, but it is the love that parents feel for their children, and that support is one of the things that even kept Anson going. The storge is what keeps Anson going.
I really liked Anson's story and can recommend it for many, many reasons. One reason is that "Every single life is unique and special. Each has it’s own purpose and mission," as Anson says. Ansons felt unwelcome at first because of his hurdles in his way, but he knew that God had a plan for him, and he pushed forwards. Now he is an award-winning pianist. The same could happen to anyone of you reading this, as well. You may feel lost in this world, or feel like you don't belong - you may think "I'm not smart; I'm not athletic. What can I do with my life?". But you must remember that God has a place for you - you just haven't discovered it yet. I think that is the greatest reason to read this inspiring article said by Anson, himself. You have the strength to overcome your obstacles. You have the ability to find your place in this world. You have a fully functional body, so use it to your best ability. You have dignity in this world, just like Anson does. You may not be an amazing pianist like he is, you may be so. Either way, you must remember that God put you here for a reason, and he gave you people to guide and support you. You must find what you are good at and play to your strengths. That is how you will find your place to belong.