Wednesday, December 8, 2010

“No arms, No legs, No worries!”

“No arms, No legs, No worries!”

I happened to watch this video the other day that featured Nick Vujicic. I’m pretty sure not many know or have even heard of him. There was one thing about that video that struck me hard! Nick was born without arms or legs and has still managed to live a life of worth, perhaps worthier than most ‘normal’ people as you would call it. He has made people smile. He has truly touched the hearts of thousands, if not millions; even if it is with something minuscule that he has said or done or something that has made them feel good about themselves. There are testing times in life, he is no exception. He wanted to give up on life just as everyone else does at certain junctures. But then he realized that there is much more to life than giving up. There is more to life than losing hope and definitely much more to life than not making a difference. That’s precisely where he was different. He thought different, wanted to do something for others, discovered that covet in himself to impact others.

Fear is a bigger disability than having no arms or legs.

So, why in this so-called liberated world, do we fear? Why are we bound to the confines of our own psyche? Why are people apprehensive of believing in their dreams and working towards them? Dreams aren’t just meant to enthrall you while asleep. Often, they show you what you don’t dare to even consider in full awareness.

If what ‘people’ are going to think of you is impeding you, I’d like to question that. How many of those people have actually commended you on your achievements or even come close to it? Critics loom like Eagles, and use their talons to squash the zeal out of you; because they clearly do not have the nerve to defy their own mindsets and cannot see others doing it; just like ‘a dog in the manger’. It is because we seek opinions often that they actually go about their dealings with the same regularity. Another opinion is just going add to the confusion, if any. Either way, you do whatever you feel like ultimately, might as well do it without a prior judgment. Follow your instinct and heed to your intuition. What could be better than listening to your heart and doing exactly what you want to do? To err is human, you learn from mistakes; at least you won’t regret not even trying because of another’s opinion. Try meting out a deaf ear to everybody who tries to dispirit you; you’ll spot stars in your reach then.

When you fall... don't just lie there! Get back up and keep trying and you WILL reach your goal. In other words -Never give up!

Or wait a minute; is it out of the fear of not being good enough? Who says you’re not good enough? Who are the populace to evaluate whether or not you’re worth it? Are they, themselves worth THAT? Who knows you better than yourself? Ask yourself, who knows you better than yourself and the answer is right there; nobody but yourself. So why are we scared of not being ‘good enough’ just because some insignificant opinion states so? Is that even worth it? No, it’s not. Never was and never will be. You don’t have to be the most beautiful person on the face of the planet to be special, you are yourself, and that is special. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. There cannot be someone else like YOU. You are distinct and you have it in you to make whatever you want happen.

Like Nick says,

“If the world thinks you’re not good enough, it’s a lie, you know. Get a second opinion”.

Everyone has different ideas and visions for oneself, irrespective of whether anybody else understands it or not. The outcome does not depend on who understands it and who doesn’t. If you think you can, you can or you’re binding yourself. We cannot recede from that fervor because we have failed once.

"The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over."

If Nick is happy living without limbs, then why aren’t we happy having everything we want? Why aren’t we satisfied with life? Why aren’t we grateful for what we have? Why is there is a constant hunger for more? The hunger for more is good in terms of striving for excellence, but not when you’ve convinced yourself that perpetually hungry for more. Then, even the best food can never satisfy you. Only we have an answer to that WHY! Maybe it's time, time to get out there and make the most of life and chase your dreams, for all you know, it might be the best thing that has happened to you!

"I'm happy to be alive and I thank God for that."

“I believe in a God that can do all things, but if he chooses not to give me arms and legs, I know it’s for the better. And I may not understand it, but all I need to know is that He is going to carry me through, that there is a purpose for it.