No arm to wrap your love ones, not able to feel the touch through fingers, not able to carry or hold things. Or think if you don’t have legs? Not able to dance, run, walk, or even stand? Now just image if you don’t have both arms and legs . . .! What will be your life?
Nick Vujicic was born with no arms and no legs – but he didn’t accept the defeat
Nick (26-years old) is able to enjoy playing football and golf, he can swims despite of having no limbs. He has small foot on his left hip, which helps him to balance himself, type and write. His disability is unexplained, it is unusual occurrence called Phocomelia. Nick and his parents spend great time to sort out why this happen to them.
‘MY MOTHER WAS NURSE AND SHE DID EVERYTHING RIGHT DURING PREGNANCY BUT SHE STILL BLAMED HERSELF’ HE SAID.
Nick’s parents also found multiple solutions for him. His father taught him how to type with foot from the age of six year and his mother invented plastic device to hold pen and pencil with his foot. Another important decision that Nick’s parent took was, to send him to mainstream school. Nick say’s it was best decision.
‘IT WAS VERY HARD BUT IT GAVE ME INDEPENDENCE’
For Nick care there were a special team and wheelchair. At the age of 8, Nick told his mother that he want to die, due to the pressure of peers and people around him. He was deeply depressed. But with the help of his family and friends, he overcome the depression and fear and become a Motivational Speaker. Nicks was motivated and inspired by the article he read when he was thirteen, it was about the disabled man who would managed to achieve great things and help others. Nick was awarded the Australian Young Citizen of the Year in 1990.
‘I DECIDED TO BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT I DO HAVE, NOT GET ANGRY ABOUT WHAT I DON’T’
‘ONCE I WAS IN A CAR AND A GIRL AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS WAS GIVING ME THE EYE. SHE COULD ONLY SEE MY HEAD SO I DECIDED TO DO A 360 IN THE CAR SEAT TO FREAK HER OUT
HER FACE WAS LIKE WOOOOOOOAH WHAT IS GOING ON? SHE SPED OFF REALLY QUICKLY’
In 2008 Nick went to Hawaii. There he meets surfing master Bethany Hamilton. ‘She was amazing, said Nick. ‘She taught me how to surf and I was terrified at first, but once I got up there it felt absolutely fantastic and I caught some waves pretty well’
NO ONE HAS EVER DONE THAT IN THE HISTORY OF SURFING’ HE SAID.
‘BUT I HAVE A VERY LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY SO I’VE GOT PRETTY GOOD BALANCE’
‘I TELL PEOPLE TO KEEP ON GETTING UP WHEN THEY FALL AND TO ALWAYS LOVE THEMSELVES, HE SAID.
‘IF I CAN ENCOURAGE JUST ONE PERSON THEN MY JOB IN THIS LIFE IS DONE’