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Nick Vujicic, Living Life With Purpose

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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.


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Childhood

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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Inspiration

As writers we sometimes question what we are doing. We may wonder if there is anyone out there who is reading what we write and what they think of it. Here at Hubpages we feel that extending encouragement and inspiration is something that is needed every day. New writers are especially sensitive about their writing. Anytime we can encourage someone to keep going and keep trying we consider it a job well done.

Hubnuggets are our way of letting our new writers know that we are behind them, ready to help them, and telling them that they are doing a great job.

Written by Tyrone Wells, produced by Jon Phelps, video directed by Matt Koppin, produced by Attitude is Attitude, and sung by Nick Vujicic.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Susan Hazelton

Comments

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 10, 2015:

This is an amazing story about a young many who triumphed in spite of adversity. He is handsome too! When I start to feel sorry for myself, I will remember this man and shake it off! Thanks for share this great hub! Will post of FB

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on February 13, 2013:

PegCole17, Nick Vujicic is a wonderful person. Just think what it would be like if everyone had his drive and point of view.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 09, 2013:

Your presentation of Nick Vujicic is absolutely inspiring and teaches us so much. I was moved and thankful that the audience received his message with such respect and awe. Thanks for sharing his story.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on December 17, 2012:

vespawoolf, I found his story inspirational and wanted to share with others. Thank you.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 11, 2012:

Somehow I missed this HubNugget, but you wrote a beautiful introduction and the video is so meaningful. It's amazing how someone can turn a disadvantage into an inspiration for others. Now I've joined the crying children!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on September 01, 2012:

Hi Enelle, I know how it goes. Sometimes we feel as though we are running in circles.

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on August 31, 2012:

Another amazing hub Gals! (I did manage to vote, but didn't have the time to comment.) An excellent choice for a HubNugget roundup!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2012:

Jake, congratulations. Keep on writing.

urmilashukla23, he is an unbelievably inspirational speaker. Thanks for reading.

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2012:

Oh wow, it was such a surprise and honour just to be nominated let alone win.

Thank you all so much who voted, it really is a morale booster as well as encouragement to continue writing.

Again, thanks!

~ Jake

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2012:

Wow, I really do hope so

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on August 28, 2012:

I am glad that I read this hub otherwise I would not have known about the wonderful personality of Nick. KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for introducing him to us. Great job!

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 28, 2012:

It will definitely be an honour if I do.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2012:

Jake, who know's . You may even see him there.

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 26, 2012:

I too am going to the paralympics. I'm going to watch the semi-final of wheelchair basketball. I'm sure Nick will be in my mind the whole time.

Great respect to him

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 26, 2012:

travel man1971, he is a great inspiration.

Patty, I have been involved with Special Olympics for years. I have the highest respect for all of our Special and Para out there.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 26, 2012:

This is a good Hub to see, since we are going012 Paralympics in London on August 29. One of the top archers has no arms! And of course, Oscar Pistorius still has no human legs, but runs like the wind.

Rated Up.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on August 26, 2012:

Congrats to all nominees. Nick Vujicic is an inspiration on this generation. In fact, I've written a tribute about him since my first year of hubbing.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 26, 2012:

quildon, He is an amazing person.

Angela Joseph from Florida on August 25, 2012:

This is such a great hub. Every able-bodied person should read this. Voted up and awesome.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2012:

Jake, He's a truly great person.

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 25, 2012:

Wow, and such a beautiful hub too... I really do look up to Nick

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2012:

KevinC9998, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

prettydarkhorse, thanks for reading.

prettydarkhorse from US on August 25, 2012:

very useful and well informed hubs, well written~!!!

KevinC9998 on August 25, 2012:

Possible one of the best hubs ever posted on Hubpages. Thank you for making us stop and think. Voted up and Beautiful, Awesome, etc. Kevin

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2012:

Mhatter99, you're welcome.

ripplemaker, there's just something about him that makes you feel you can go out and do anything.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2012:

RedElf, he is an inspire young man.

Simone, I'm so glad I came across him.

Congratulations to all the nominess.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2012:

JakeFrost, I sent her an email also. It will all be taken care of soon

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 25, 2012:

I love Nick! Gal, thank you for featuring him. And congratulations to all the nominees! Read and voted... :D

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 24, 2012:

Thank you for this.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 24, 2012:

Heya JakeFrost- check your email; I've sent you a response. LOVE this Hub, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Quite inspirational. I've cast my votes; now I'm looking forward to discovering the winners!

RedElf from Canada on August 24, 2012:

Well done, Gal! This is a truly inspirational hub - Nick is an amazing young man. I love the videos and the quotes. ...and we have some fine nominees, as well! Thanks for a super job!

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 24, 2012:

Okay, thank you Koffee. I have sent her an email and hope it can be changed. That dreadful spelling mistake is just screaming at me.

Once again thank you for the nomination.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on August 24, 2012:

JakeFrost, If it is Simone is the one to do it. Good luck

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on August 24, 2012:

Wow, I really am honoured to have been nominated. I changed the summary to my Hub to make it more suitable, is it possible to change that on here?

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