Nick Vujicic: Love & Life Without Limits
“Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.” Nick Vujicic
YouTube Video: The Incredible Love Story of Nick Vujicic and His Wife.
Nick spent his early years struggling to make meaning of his life; he was bullied and picked on, felt limited by his disability and, at one point, at age 10, even considered suicide. However, through perseverance, faith in God, the loving support of his family and a series of fortuitous events, Nick turned his life around once he realized that pushing past insecurities about his physical limitations would give him the impetus to create a purposeful life: “At first I was not willing to confront that what was really wrong with me wasn’t my body, it was the limits I put on myself and my limited vision of the possibilities for my life.” |Nick V.
Four years ago, I wrote a review on a book that was as moving as it was inspiring. It was Nick Vujicic’s first book, Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life. I read it in one sitting and afterwards, I put the book down was stunned into silence. It is not so often that we come across people who truly live life joyfully under the most trying conditions. Nick is a faith-filled motivational speaker extraordinaire and he uses his message and life to help people push beyond their limitations; real and imagined. He has always spoken to my heart and whenever I start to whine about this or that physical or health challenge, I find a piece or a quote or a video from Nick that gently and compassionately reminds me to remember the miracle of life and to keep affirming the positive. A lot has happened since that book review and so I wanted to revisit the life and work of this amazing human being and update you on the happiness and love he continues to spread around the world.
“I don’t want to be someone’s reason to hate their life. I want to be someone’s reason to seek something more in their life.” Nick Vujicic
YouTube Video: Love Without Limits – with Nick Vujicic
It Doesn’t Take a Perfect Person to Find a Perfect Love
Even though he was born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic created a “ridiculously good life.” But after dating disappointments and a failed relationship, he reached his mid-twenties worried that he would never find a woman to love him and share his life.
Then Nick met Kanae and everything changed. But even with undeniable chemistry, they would have to navigate twists and turns worthy of a romantic comedy before becoming “one” in marriage: “Despite my optimism about other parts of life, I decided that love in this world had limits after all. I’d become convinced that no woman would want to marry such an obviously imperfect man as me….” |Nick V.
If you read my Weekly Photo Challenge post on Inspiration, you’d have seen the link I shared to Nick’s Facebook page. If you’re like me, you probably believe that there are no accidents just serendipity; life is filled with miracles and tough/easy lessons. Last Friday morning, a Facebook friend shared the link and it brought a flood of memories and tears of joy. I had no idea that our topic for the day would be inspiration so you can imagine what a lovely moment that was. I shared the link and revisited my post. His message of love and hope hadn’t changed one bit. His desire to meet and marry the love of his life and have children had come to fruition. He has written several other books, check out the books on his website , including the best seller Love Without Limits:A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All. I was/remain ecstatic for Nick and his beautiful wife , Kanae (nee Miyahara), son Kiyoshi and the expected arrival of their second child, Dejan. We are all broken in some fashion, and we can hold unto the miracle of life, find inspiration in the moments, the exchanges, and the love we receive from others. We can hold unto the inspirational message from folks like Nick and many, many other inspiring people around us.
“Often times we feel like either we can’t make a world of difference, or we feel that it’s not going to change anything anyway. The truth is you can change someone’s day, you can change someone’s life, but you have to show up and do what you got to do to actually see any fruit coming from it.” Nick Vujicic
YouTube Video: Never give up by Nick Vujicic
No Bully Can Define Who You Are
With no arms, no legs, and no defense, Nick Vujicic was once a bully’s target and knows what it feels like to be picked on and pushed around: It makes your stomach hurt, gives you nightmares, and feels like there is no hope in sight. But Nick shows how you too can overcome and rise above bullying.
Nick has experienced bullying of all kinds for being “different.” But he’s learned that he doesn’t have to play the bully’s game–and neither do you. In Stand Strong, Nick gives you strategies for developing a “bully defense system,” so you can handle bullies of all kinds by building your strength from the inside out: “Bullies want to abuse you. Instead of allowing that, you can use them as your personal motivators. Power up and let the bully eat your dust.” Nick V.
Are you feeling unworthy and limited? Have you or someone you know, been a victim of bullying? In Stand Strong:You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Keeps You Down), Nick offers us strategies and motivational tips on how to turn being bullied into a great opportunity. Take a page out of Nick’s exceptional life and read his books. They will uplift and inspire you to follow your dreams. As Nick says often, “When you step outside of yourself and your own concerns to reach out for others, it will change you. You will be humbled. You will be inspired.” Nick continues to speak around the world and runs his companies, Attitude is Altitude and Life Without Limbs.Org. What limits do you place on your life? What are you willing to do to help you change?
Positive Motivation Tip: The only limitations in our lives are the ones we create in our minds. Let go and live!