“Rightfooted”: Inspiring journey of armless Fil-Am woman pilot shows nothing’s impossible

Are you burdened with pity seeing the disabled going about their challenging day?

While there are those who leave it all to their fate and may deserve your compassion, there are those who won’t let their disability prevent them from being like everyone else.

That takes immeasurable courage, determination, and belief in oneself to make what was thought of as impossible so attainable that it actually becomes routine and ordinary.

Inspiring Jessica Cox

We are awestruck with such an accomplishment, particularly of one inspiring individual who became an aviator, a black-belt taekwondo jin, and a globe-trotting motivational speaker without any arms due to a rare birth defect.

Jessica Cox has since left people mesmerized and stunned with what she has attained, living the life like any person without assistance at all. She drives her car, dresses up, puts makeup on, eats sumptuous meals, pops a soda can open, busts a sleek dance move with her loving husband Patrick Chamberlain, composes a text on her mobile and surfs the Net on her laptop using the only limbs available to her—her feet. And, of course, we witness her achieving what most of us can’t—especially maneuvering an airplane with just the able strength of her toes. Because of this, she set a Guinness World Record of being the first person to fly an aircraft using feet.

As such, Jessica encourages everyone to embrace and go beyond their handicaps and do anything they want.

Renowned figure

“Actually, I’m rightfooted,” she says with pride. Rightfooted is a documentary about Jessica’s incredible journey from being a shy, disparaged, disheartened child because of an unfortunate condition to a triumphant, accomplished, and inspirational figure renowned the world over.

In one of her many speaking engagements captured in the documentary, Jessica encapsulates her message:

“My very first teachers in life were my parents. They were my inspiration when I was growing up. But they made a very important decision when I was born. And they decided that they would raise me like they would raise my brother and my sister. They wouldn’t treat me any different. They weren’t going to hide me away. And they taught me to be confident about who I am; to embrace my difference and embrace my disability.

“I challenge you to think about something what you’ve always wanted to do. And even more importantly, what is it that’s stopping you?”

She also made one emphatic statement stressing two words she removed from her vocabulary: “I can’t”

Worldwide mission

In the documentary, Jessica details the difficulties she encountered growing up and how her parents and especially her Filipino mom Inez became her source of strength facing her disability. It also reveals how one person undergoing the same ordeal inspired her to look beyond her disability and be confident that she really can accomplish anything.

It will also track her worldwide mission of advocacy and uplifting insight to persons with disability in the US and around the world, including a stop in the Philippines, where she visited her mother’s hometown of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, after the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nick Spark, Rightfooted will air this Sunday, March 12 after Gandang Gabi Vice.