Nick Vujicic, Living Life With Purpose
A Hush Fell Across the Room...
The students were squirming, chatting, and trying to figure out how to text without being spotted. They were waiting for the little film clip to begin. You could tell by their faces that they thought it was going to be one more run of the mill boring clip.
The lights went down and the clip began. Sudden there was not a sound to be heard. Every eye was plastered to the screen. Every ear was attuned to what was being said. All during this clip not a child moved a muscle, took their eyes off the screen or spoke one word. When the lights came back on, still they sat there silently. As we looked around we noticed a couple of the students wiping what looked like tears from their face.
What had caused this phenomenon? None of us had ever seen these kids react in quite this way. Who was this man who could move teens this way? This was the amazing inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic. How did we come to know about him? There was a wonderful young man we had speaking to the students about bullying and doing what's right, the founder and director of Epic, Rashad Jones. You can read all about this wonderful organization at epicbeast.com.
If jaded teens could be so moved and inspired by this organization and Nick Vujicic it should really touch those of us who look for inspiration.
On November 4, 1982 a baby with no arms or legs, except for a tiny little foot with two toes, was born to a young couple in Brisbane, Australia. There was no warning, medical or heredity wise of what was to come. Imagine the shock of a new mother and father when their first born is born with no appendages. The parents of this special boy soon put aside their shock and set about doing everything they could to help make Nick Vujicic the independent man that he is today.
As Nick passed through school he was bullied and belittled so much that he contemplated suicide at the age of 8. At the grand old age of 10 he attempted to kill himself by drowning. The turning point of his life came a few years later when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man that was dealing with a severe disability. It was then that he realized that he was not alone. He realized he was not the only person in the world who had to learn to live with a disability.
He began to master the daily task of living. He learned how to write with his two toes, brush his teeth, how to swim, shave, throw a ball. and so many other things that we all take for granted. He became a leader at his high school. After graduating from college with two majors, one in accountancy and one in financial planning he became a motivational speaker focusing on teen issues.
This incredible man has been taking the world by storm - telling his story and inspiring people of all ages. If he can do all that he can do then certainly those of us with two arms and two legs should be able to move the world.
This is the video that so moved the students.
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Written by Tyrone Wells, produced by Jon Phelps, video directed by Matt Koppin, produced by Attitude is Attitude, and sung by Nick Vujicic.
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