30 years ago Nicholas “Nick” Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Australia. For no apparent medical reason and despite there being no complications with his mother’s pregnancy, Nick was born with what is known as tetra-amelia syndrome – he was born with no arms and no legs. In fact all he really has is one deformed foot, but to meet him you wouldn’t dare class him as disabled. Nick is candid enough about his life to admit that at the age of thirteen he tried to end his life he was so depressed. However a combination of guilt and an accident where he badly hurt his foot made him realise that he actually had too much to lose. At the age of fourteen he moved to California with his parents and at the age of fifteen he found God, which seems to have been his saving. As Nick explains “A janitor at my high school inspired me to start speaking about my faith and overcoming adversity when I was seventeen. I spoke only a dozen times to very small groups over the next two years. Then I found myself in front of three hundred sophomore (grade 10) students and I was very nervous. My knees were shaking. Within the first three minutes of my 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. We 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.””
Now knowing a little more about Nick, we recommend you watch this incredibly moving video where we guarantee you will be touched, humbled and made to re-evaluate much about yourself and your life, the way you think and the way you perceive what you consider to be elements to your life that are just ‘unfair’. To put it bluntly, if Nick Vujicic can smile about life, then so can you. Above all, Nick doesn’t just say that everyone is beautiful in their own right, he is 100% correct about it. So later on, when you go look in the mirror, ask yourself not so much who do you see, but more a case of what do you see? The answer should be someone who is very capable of being loved, as we all are.