Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs, and has spent a lot of his life speaking to people about what it was like to grow up this way.
Nick is known for his positivity and sense of humour, and inspires others to live the life of their dreams despite the obstacles they might face.
Here are some of the tips Nick shares in his book Life Without Limits:
- Each of us has some gift – a talent, skill, craft, or knack that gives us pleasure or engages us, and our path to happiness often lies within that gift. Do you agree with him? Many of us might even have more than one gift. Have you unearthed yours yet, and what are you doing to nurture it? It really does make all the difference to our quality of life when we use our gifts, whether in work, ministry or play. If you’re still not sure, Nick suggests making a list of your favourite activities. What do you find yourself drawn to do? What can you spend hours doing, losing track of time or place? If you’re still stumped, ask your family and friends what they think you’re best at.
- Nick has suffered much in his life, experiencing the pain of ridicule and rejection. He’s had major challenges doing the everyday things many of us take for granted. For him, the most powerful thing to do in the midst of suffering is to reach out to others. “Lift others up so that they will be comforted with the knowledge that they are not alone in their suffering,” he says. “Offer compassion when you need it. Be a friend when you need friendship. Give hope when you most need it.”
- Thirdly, Nick says to do something ‘ridiculous’ every day to keep yourself young and alive. I agree with him that allowing time to have fun is vitally important for our mental health. Many of us have lost the art of play, as day-to-day responsibilities tend to swallow up our creativity. But when we connect with our “inner child”, either through simply doing more of what we love, or just investing in some good old ridiculous risk-taking activities, we come alive. What makes you come alive? For me, I’m in my element when I’m learning and rehearsing a script or a speech to present to other people. I know for others it might be a high-energy gym session, or time spent putting a floral arrangement together. Perhaps your ‘thing’ is bungy jumping, or writing, or cycling. Finding your passion is not self-indulgent unless you allow it to become so. It can connect you with others, increase your happiness, or even become your great life work.
I hope, like me, you feel inspired by the life and thoughts of someone who has risen above his obstacles and discovered how to live a life of purpose and passion.