“Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around a friend; no hands to hold the ones you love; no fingers to experience touch; no way to lift or carry things. How much more difficult would life be of you were living without arms and hands? What about legs? Imagine if instead of no arms, you had no legs. No ability to dance, walks, run, or even stand. Now put both of those scenarios together no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that affect your everyday life?” -Nick Vujicic Are you familiar with this name? Do you know it? Well, I think some of us saw him on the internet or heard his name but doesn’t know him well. So, to tell you the truth he can inspire us by his story. Want to know why? The story goes like this, his name was Nicholas James “Nick” Vuljicic born on December 4, 1982. He is a Serbian Arabian Evangelist and motivational speaker. He is born with a rare disorder called tetra-Amelia syndrome it was characterized by the absence of our four limbs.
He was born without arms and legs; he had no legs, but two small feet, one of which had two toes. Nick has a wife she was Kanae Miyahara and then they had their child he was Kiyoshi James Vujicic. He also had two books namely Life Without Limbs: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life and Limitless. As I said he can inspire us by his positive outlook of his life because imagine no legs and no arms he still managed to survive but Nick did not pretend his life is easy. Because he experienced different kinds of struggles in life at the age of eight, he could not see a better future for himself because of its disorder so he decided to drown himself in their bathtub. But after what he did he realize that suicidal is not the solution for his problem he realizes that he doesn’t want to leave his loved ones. But when he was 15 years old he sealed his faith to God and from there it has been amazing journey for him. And then a janitor in their school inspired him to start speaking about his faith and overcoming adversity when he was seventeen.
He spoke only a dozen times to very small groups over the next two years. Then he found himself in front of three hundred sophomore students and he was very nervous. My knees were shaking. Within the first three minutes of his talk, half the girls were crying, and most of the boys were struggling to hold their emotions together. One girl in particular was sobbing very hard. They all looked at her and she put her hand up. She said, “I am so sorry to interrupt, but can I come up and hug you?” She came hugged me in front of everyone, and whispered in my ear, “Thank you, thank you, thank you. No one has ever told me that they loved me and that I am beautiful the way I am.” With Her gratitude he inspires Nick to go across 44 countries and speak 2,000 times. He realized that we all need love and hope and that He was in a unique position to share that with people around the world.
As of May 18, 2013 Nick visits Philippines he has a “UNSTOPPABLE FAITH” motivational talk with the Filipinos it was held at CCF Tiendesitas Pasig. Nick shares to the Filipinos that that life for him is not easy, but that he eventually learned to overcome his disabilities and fears. And he also says that “I believe the biggest disability is fear—fear of what people think of you, fear of the future, and the fear of the past in finding your future. And I don’t want fear to define anything in my life,” And then he also shares how he Overcome hard times. He also admitted that he once question God for his disabilities because this disabilities has no cure so he asked God “Why Me.?” But God didn’t answer so Nick just moved forward and make the most of what he had.
He was still thankful of what he did have instead of being angry for what he didn’t have. Nick also shared about his suicidal and with this he said that “For someone who once tried to drown himself, it is an irony that he eventually learned to swim and do other water sports.” And then he also shares about his little foot “I have a little foot here. I learned to write with my foot and type with my foot. I swim, I golf, I fish, I surf, I scuba dive, and I’ve done skydiving with my wife as well,” Nick said. Nick also advised that even if things get hopeless, one should still choose to live and give problems or challenges a chance to be conquered or solved.
“So even if you can’t see hope today, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. You must decide to stay. You must decide to give your broken pieces a chance,” he said And on May 20, 2013 he also had his motivational talk in Smart Araneta Coliseum the conference titled “UNSTOPPABLE DREAM” with this Nick truly touched the lives of many dreamers and hopefuls.But More than his inspiring testimony, his unwavering faith in God, and his gift in encouraging people, Nick also awed the audience in Araneta with his great sense of humor, frequently inserting wisecracks and quips during his talk. The people were not only motivated, but were also entertained with Nick’s lively personality. He even joked about wanting to live in Boracay the next time he visits the Philippines. He also had his meet and greet in Mall of Asia. The free-entrance event lasted only 20 minutes, but it was the opportunity of a lifetime for those with whom the limbless preacher’s life story and message would resonate the most: Filipino Persons with Disability (PWDs).
Persons in wheelchairs strolled to their places at the front fringes of the laid-out seats. Children and their parents walked in, wearing green shirts that said “Autism Angel”. Many who arrived approached and greeted old friends. A standing ovation met Nick Vujicic as he was carried onstage from a car parked outside. Perched on a wooden table, Nick wore a gray collared shirt, sleeves inserted back in their sockets, and denims cut into shorts. An avalanche of people wielding cameras, tablets, and cell phones soon welled up to the foot of the stage. After saying “Hi”, Nick told the crowd to return to their seats so they wouldn’t block the others’ view. Enthusiastic voices shouted “Yeah!”. Nick began: “There are times in life when we have fear that disables us more than our physical limitations. We have ups and downs. You see my foot?” He waved his left appendage in a surfing motion as the audience laughed. Amid those fears, Nick wanted his listeners to discover three truths to life: that they were beautiful the way they were, that they had a purpose, and that they had a future.
“Fear of being alone is the worst disability of all,” Nick said. “When you don’t have a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else. When you don’t have a true friend, you can still be a true friend for someone else,” he said. Raising his belief in Jesus Christ, Nick said he’d rather help bring someone to heaven or work for peace than gain arms and legs.“Having arms and legs doesn’t give you purpose, doesn’t give you strength, but the strength comes from your attitude and your faith to overcome,” he said. He also added “I am thankful for the Philippines because I’ve seen worse countries,” he said.“I’ve been in countries where they kill children because of their disability.” “If you have a disability, don’t give up,” he said. “Until you give your broken pieces a chance, you’ll never know what beautiful things can come from your broken pieces.
If I believed that I looked weird and I was worthless, then I wouldn’t be here today.” “Keep going one day at a time, and together as a society, with the government, the business sector, and the education sector–with the media–we can continue to make a positive difference and progression for the people with disabilities here in the Philippines.” so before he left he said that “I will dream big, and I will never, ever, ever give up.” Nick can truly inspires us imagine living with no arms and legs but he still managed to not give up and continue his journey. Honestly, he is blessed even though he has this disability because he chose not to give up but to pursue his life with his family and his loved ones and not worrying about himself. And as I see with him he has no regret why he is born with a disability. Remember this quote he made “Sometimes you may feel like you are just about to realize your goal only to fall short. That is no reason to quit. Defeat happens only to those who refuse to try again.” ― Nick Vujicic