Don’t Give Up – Ever

Posted: 28. juuli 2010 in Life, Society
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Today I found this video clip about a man that has no arms or legs and yet he manages to do everything he wants and he is inspiring other people to live their life worthy and never give up on anything. He was so inspiring to me and I must admit I shed some tears while watching his video because it moved so much. He has no arms or legs and yet he lives his life being happy and content with what he still has – his life.

I am talking about Nick Vucjicic. He has a rare Tetra-amelia disorder – it means he was born without arms and legs, he does have two small feet, one of which has two toes. His life was filled with difficulties and hardships. One was being prohibited by Victoria state law (in Australia) from attending a mainstream school because of his physical disability, even though he was not mentally impaired. During his schooling, the laws were changed, and Vujicic was one of the first disabled students to be integrated into a mainstream school. He learned to write using the two toes on his left foot, and a special device that slid onto his big toe which he uses to grip. He also learned to use a computer and type using the “heel and toe” method (as demonstrated in his speeches), throw tennis balls, play drum pedals, comb his hair, brush his teeth, answer the phone, shave and get himself a glass of water (also demonstrated in speeches). Being bullied at his school, Vujicic grew extremely depressed, and by the age of 8, started contemplating suicide. After begging God to grow arms and legs, Nick eventually began to realize that his accomplishments were inspirational to many, and began to thank God for being alive. The key turning point in his life was when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man dealing with a severe disability. This led him to realize he wasn’t the only one with major struggles. When he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group and eventually started his non-profit organization Life Without Limbs. Nick graduated from college at the age of 21 with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning. He began his travels as a motivational speaker focusing on the topics that today’s teenagers face. He also speaks in the corporate sector although his aim is to become an international inspirational speaker, in both Christian and non-Christian venues.

After learning all this about him and watching some interviews with him I felt ashamed for complaining about all the little things in my life. I have so much to be thankful for and I tend to put it aside while concentrating on the things I don’t have. And it’s wrong. If the world had more people who think like Nick and act like him then it would be a better place to live in.

Here is the first video about him I watched:

  1. […] have written about Nick once before in this post. He is a great inspiration to many and I’m glad that I discovered him. I’ll once again […]

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