Just keep swimming...
I saw a photo of a swimmer waiting to jump into the water. He had on the swim cap, goggles and speedo uniform of any swimmer. But this guy was a little different from the typical. He was being held up in standing position by another man standing behind him. He also had only one leg – which turned out to not be his actual leg, just a prosthetic. Oh, and he didn’t have any arms. WHAAAAATT???
What the heck is going on? Is this one of those photoshop things?
Nope. It’s Nick Vujicic, pronounced ‘Vooy-cheech’. He was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia with no arms and no legs, surprising his parents, his mom who was a nurse and his father, a pastor. Here’s the opening paragraph of his bio on his website:
Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around a friend ; no hands to hold the ones you love; no fingers to experience touch ; no way to lift or carry things. How much more difficult would life be if you were living without arms and hands? Or what about legs? Imagine if instead of no arms, you had no legs. No ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand. Now put both of those scenarios together… no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that affect your everyday life?
Pretty intense. I can’t imagine this scenario. But Nick has lived it. He has fought through bullying and teasing, loneliness and depression. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning. He has become a motivational speaker, beginning at age 19. He has shared his testimony and brought the Gospel of Jesus. He has moved from Australia to California, USA and begun a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs.
Lotta good stuff, if you ask me. Check out his website LifeWithoutLimbs.org and consider helping out his very good cause!
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