Good luck, old lad. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that.That’s nonsense.

Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.

Douglas Bader to a New Zealand school student who had lost his legs (1954).