Imagine one day you wake up without hands or legs. You no longer have the ability to walk, take care of yourself, or even hug the ones you love. Welcome to the day-to-day challenge of Nick Vujicic. Nick was born in 1982, in Melbourne, Australia, with a rare disorder called Phocomelia. The disease causes an individual to be born without limbs. Testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. Nick’s family faced a dilemma. They were determined to raise Nick in spite of his physical condition and refused to allow him to place limits on his lifestyle.
Early on in Nick’s childhood days were difficult. Nick encountered daily challenges in school. Other kids would tease and pick at Nick. He was dealing with bullying and depression. Nick also struggled with being accepted and feeling lonely. Nick was being bullied so bad he tried to commit suicide by drowning himself. His love for his parents changed his mind. He always thought about why he was different than the other children. He had doubts about why he existed and what his actual purpose was in life.
In spite of being depressed and bullied as a child, Nick prospered in his young adult years. During his high school years, Nick was active in the Student Council. He did a lot of work for charities by raising funds through local events and coordinated disability campaigns. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Griffith University and double majored in accounting and financial planning. Nick would go on to create a nonprofit organization called Life Without Limbs and started a motivational speaking company called Attitude is Altitude.
Nick attributes his ability to overcome his condition by his unwavering faith in God. Also, friends of the family and people he has come in contact with have helped him carry on. Vujicic has traveled all around the world spreading his message. He believes he has been fortunate enough to share his story regardless of his condition. No place is off limits for his message. He has spoken his testimony at churches, orphanages, hospitals, prisons, stadiums, and individuals he’s met along the way. Nick is a firm believer that if God can use him in his condition, that he can use anyone with a willing and loving heart. He didn’t always feel this way about his situation.
Nick fervently prayed to God to give him limbs so he can be ordinary. He even pledged to God, that if he weren’t granted limbs, he would not praise God at all. It wasn’t until one day his mother showed him a story about a man dealing with a severe disability. Nick realized he wasn’t the only one in the world dealing with a disability. His perception changed and strengthened his relationship with God. The moment was a pivotal point in his life.
Nick realized that if he praised God, he could do all things, even unexpected things that people with arms and legs can do. He began to accept who he was and continued to praise God in doing so. He can type 45 words per minute, play golf, skydive, swim, and even play drums. Nick uses a special heel and toe method to accomplish these things.
Nick has a positive mindset that he firmly believes in that helps him be who he is today. He believes in always doing your best, belief in trusting God, and never to give up. Nick always says in his motivational speeches, that when kids used to ridicule him and laugh at him, his home was his haven. His confidence was restored by his parents reassuring him that he was special and to ignore the kids at school. Nick’s parents never gave up on him, and this strengthened his confidence.
Nick has also published many inspirational books. Some of those books are; Love Without Limits, Stand Strong, You Can Overcome Bullying, Unstoppable, and most notably Life Without Limbs. He has spoken to many people around the world including world leaders, the disadvantaged, orphans, and people that have been forgotten in everyday life. He’s visited 50 countries covering over 300 million miles.
Nick Vujicic is a product of his unwavering strength, hope, and positive outlook on his life. He is a role model for many disadvantaged people around the world. Nick is a testimony to physically challenged people, giving them living proof that they can also live healthy and rewarding lives. Self-determination and taking the positives out of life keeps the fire to achieve burning inside of him. Even desires to have a family.
Nick’s personal life defines Love Without Limits. He met a beautiful woman, Kanae Miyahara in Dallas, Texas. Kanae had been in other relationships based on physical attraction. Nick’s inner beauty attracted her. He demonstrated rare qualities to her, Godly qualities, which were unique to her. Communication is the pillar stone to their loving relationship. They were married in 2012 and had two boys Dejan Levi and Kyoshi.
Dad of limbless evangelist Nick Vujicic, Boris Vujicic, never envisioned that his son would experience the delights of fatherhood and would find ecstasy in his marriage. He was grateful that he was incorrect. Nick interviewed his dad to discuss the forthcoming launch of his new novel entitled “Lifting the Perfectly Imperfect Kid. In the interview, Boris says he hopes people that listen to Nick would be inspired to trust God while confronting the problems of life. Boris describes that individuals go through distinct challenges in life, but he needs them always to know that hardships and trials are temporary. People can overcome any adversity through perseverance and faith.
Nick Vujicic’s life story is a testament that adversity and obstacles should never keep you from accomplishing great things. Persistence and courage are two qualities more than others that can guarantee success. The next time in your life you find yourself dealing with terrible circumstances. Reflect on the life story of Nick Vujicic and how he overcame his limitations and adversity. Know that you can be successful no matter the situation. Just believe!