Our Individual Journey Makes Us Unlike Any: Jessie Graff

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We are all unique. Each day we rise to meet our own challenges head-on — and we do our best. Day after day of striving and trying and honing and failing and coming back and succeeding — that’s what we do. That’s our reality, and that’s what sets each of us apart as individuals. Nobody can do you better than you.

Through the Unlike Any campaign, each week we will honor under-recognized feats of female athleticism by showcasing women who cannot be compared to anyone who has come before them. We’re celebrating them — in film and poetry — for what they have achieved and elevating them to where they belong: Above gender roles. Above labels. Above convention. Above comparison.

Some say “princess” while others pick “doctor,” but Jessie Graff dreamed of being a superhero when she grew up. After years of hustle, heart and training, she continues to defy convention by defying gravity as a celebrated stunt woman and shining example of what you get when you work for it.

I  want to know what it feels like
to leap from cloud to cloud
and not look down once.

I want to know how you skip across the stars
and use the moon as a landing mat.

I looked onwards in awe and said teach me.

Teach me to fly through the air
like the first flight of pegasus
and remind me of exactly what it’s like
to be unlike any.

Kojey Radical — a London-based musician, rapper and spoken word poet. Widely recognized for his sharp, deft lyrics and energetic performance style, his work is best described as the middle ground between poetry and rap.

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