Today’s Badass: Licensed Pilot, Black Belt, Armless

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Photo via rightfooted.com

You probably can’t fly a plane or deliver a flawless roundhouse kick to someone’s solar plexus. Jessica Cox, however, can do both…despite being born without arms.

She put herself through high school and college by typing papers with her toes. (And you thought you were hardcore for pulling a few all-nighters.) She then got her driver’s license and later her pilot’s license, landing her in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to fly a plane without arms.

Then there’s the black belt in karate. How badass is Jessica Cox? Not only could she beat you up, she’d do it without a single punch.

Cox is the subject of the new documentary “Rightfooted,” which she hopes will inspire people both with disabilities and without to follow their dreams. Consider us inspired, and feeling even more ashamed of our laziness than normal.

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Neal Stastny (@NealStas) is a comedian and writer in New York.