The Roosevelts, two of the most important people of the 20th century. As you know I am not originally an American, so I don't know much about the U.S. or Western history. I'm so impressed from what I learned about FDR's life. He got polio when he was 39 years old and 11 years later he was elected the 32nd president when the economy was in a depression. He didn't give up either his life nor his political ambitions. He kept trying with everything he's got. I can't imagine how many people could have gone through like he did. And believe it or not, from about 300,000 photos of him, there were only 4 photos of him captured in a wheelchair. Our guide told us that everyone knew he had polio, but very few knew that he couldn't walk. Then Eleanor, who went along with FDR and continued many human rights projects after his death, inspired us with this incredible quote, "You must do the things you think you cannot do," said she.
After the visit, I realized that my problems or what I thought were problems, were just so minor. I've been experiencing some fear lately. But I saw the video where President Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Perhaps I'm dreaming bigger and I'm wanting my dreams to come true so badly, that I am fearing the worst before they even happen. Now I shall learn from Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt how to work on my life and my dreams.
Photographer: Jeff Jacob