Today I want to write about a man, who is an inspiration to all of us and proof that all the obstacles we face can be overcome. He was born without limbs and two slightly malformed feet. His classmates called him “alien” but he overcame his disabilities and became successful. He has poured his heart into spreading the message of unlocking personal happiness and that way helped many people realize the happiness is achievable. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – this man traveled all around the world. He is a proud father of a bright young boy and a husband of a beautiful woman. The person I’m talking about is “hiding” behind the name of Nick Vujicic. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982 to Dušanka and Borislav Vujičić, Serbian immigrants from Yugoslavia. Although I stumbled upon one of his speeches on Youtube a few years ago, I bought his book “Life without limits” just recently.
Give me a hug!
When he was younger, he often blamed God for the life without extremities. When he was 10, he decided to commit suicide in the family bath, but at that moment he found himself thinking about his family and how they would feel afterward. From his point of view that was a selfish answer to his problem, because, his father, mother, brother and sister would always feel that they didn’t do enough for him. That realization stopped him from taking his life. Still, he was worried about not truly experiencing and enjoying the life he has. He believed he would never find a job and true love. His father believed in him so much and explained to the young Nick that every living being has a purpose, he just needed to find it. That encouraged him to do everything he wanted to do. Today he is a very happy and productive man with a great sense of humor and a great deal of empathy for other people. I was so impressed with his way of thinking before he met Oprah.
“You’re scared to meet oprah! What’s she going to do, cut off your arms and legs! wait, you’ve already lived more than twenty-five years and traveled the world without arms and legs. Oprah, i’m ready for you! Give me a hug!”
Coping with problems
I find myself using his technique very often to overcome situations hat make me nervous. I would tell a joke to my colleagues before a difficult exam to reduce the dose of nervousness both to them and to myself.
At the beginning of the book, Nick wrote about praying to God to give him at least one arm and one leg and falling asleep full of hope that God would listen to his prayers. After some time he realized that such things happen only to main characters of animated shows and that he needed to change his strategy. At that time he asked God to show him the path he should follow in his life and to give him the strength needed to deal with all the problems of his life. Shortly after that, he began to speak and motivate people on stage. Instead of giving up, he decided to surf the giant life wave.
His way of coping with problems is at least impressive. With the faith in God and his divine plan, he set his mind on succeeding in life and overcoming his problem by transforming it into his strength.
After reading the book, I was inspired and felt like I too, can make a difference for the humanity. I believe that this book should be read by everyone, because a lot of people feel burdened by the problems they face in their lives and accept them, without thinking about the way to overcome them. Nick Vujicic is a truly impressive and inspirational man. I bow down to you, Nick!