“Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that affect your everyday life?”
This text comes directly from the website Attitude is Altitude, which describes the reality for 27-year-old Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs. His path to acceptance was not an easy one:
Throughout his childhood Nick dealt not only with the typical challenges of school and adolescence such as bullying and self-esteem issues; he also struggled with depression and loneliness as he questioned why he was different to all the other kids surrounding him; why he was the one born without arms and legs. He wondered what was the purpose behind his life, or if he even had a purpose.
After pushing through those difficult years with the love and support of his family and friends, his purpose became clear at the young age of 19 when he started his career as a motivational speaker grounded in his philosophy that, “attitude is everything and self perception determines direction.” To date, he has shared his story and his beliefs with millions of people, including high-school students and their teachers, businesses, churches, and even world leaders.
To get a taste of how powerful his message is, watch this video of him speaking to high school students. (Warning: It literally left me in tears over my morning coffee.)
In addition to inspiring people of all ages around the world, he founded the motivational speaking company, Attitude is Altitude; he is the president of Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization based out of California; and most recently, he is the proud author of Life Without Limits. Peruse his websites and let his message sink in. Genuine self-acceptance and living the life you desire is within reach. It all comes down to choice. And perseverance.
Thank you, Nick.