- Amar Latif was completely blind by 18 but he refused to let it hinder his dreams.
- So he went on a journey to conquer the world and travel to many places.
- Recently, he made history by becoming the first blind contender in the Celebrity Masterchef and he hopes this inspires others.
Amar Latif is determined to live life to the fullest despite the adversities.
He may be blind, but that never stopped him from achieving great things that even many of us might have dreaded to try.
The 45-year-old man has sailed the Ionian Sea, built a travel company, and even survived COVID-19 after he got infected in March. He is a businessman, a distinguished motivational speaker, a TV personality, and recently, an important part of the Celebrity MasterChef’s defining moments.
At 18, Amar became completely blind due to a genetic eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. At first, it was hard for him to accept that his life will never ever be the same again.
Eventually, he realized that his fate is in his hands and he has the power to choose which path to go with or without sight.
“You feel you are being left behind while the world is moving on,” Amar shared. “I hit rock bottom, but that’s when I realized I didn’t want to be wrapped up in a protective box for the rest of my life. I realized I had nothing to lose by grasping every opportunity.”
So then he made it his mission to grab every chance — he earned a degree from Canada (far away from where his family is in Glasgow, Scotland), traveled to over 100 countries, and founded his own company Traveleyes. He now helps visually impaired people like him to travel the world.
This year, Amar yet again achieved another milestone in life as he became the first blind contender in BBC‘s “Celebrity MasterChef.” What’s even more amazing is that he admitted he never had much experience in cooking!
“When I was practicing I started to hear the food talking to me,” he said. “The noise starts to get louder, and it’s almost like it’s communicating to me, saying, ‘You can’t see it’s going brown but I am shouting out to let you know.’”
Despite that, Amar wanted the treatment to him be the same as the other contestants, with the exception of him needing someone by his side to tell him the right ingredients.
“As a blind person, I find a lot of people constantly tell you that you can’t do things — I hope that this shows that, with a bit of single-mindedness and some creativity, anything is possible,” he said.
Thank you Amar for inspiring us! Way to go!
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