Jul 12, 2012

My Two Favorite People

Nick Vujicic and Bethany Hamilton quotes photo
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I stumbled upon this photo of Nick Vujicic and Bethany Hamilton (quoteless). I was very excited because I didn't know that Nick and Beth know each others. The two of them are a source of great inspiration for me.

Nick was born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. He was prohibited from attending a mainstream school because of his physical disability, even though he was not mentally impaired, Vujicic became one of the first disabled students integrated into a mainstream school, once the laws changed.

Being bullied at school, Vujicic grew depressed and by the age of eight, contemplated suicide. At age ten he tried to drown himself, but did not go through with it out of love for his parents. A key turning point came when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man dealing with a severe disability. Vujicic realized he wasn't unique in his struggles and began to embrace his disability.

He began to master the daily tasks of life. He learned how to write, type on the computer, throw tennis balls, play drum pedals, get himself a glass of water, comb his hair, brush his teeth, answer the phone and shave.

When he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group, and eventually started his non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs. He presented motivational speeches worldwide, on life with a disability, hope, and finding meaning in life.

On 12 February 2012, he married his fiancée Kanae Miyahara.

Nick is famous for his youtube video,  his role at the short movie The Butterfly Circus, and his music video Something More.

More about Nick on his Wikipedia page.

Some of Nick Vujicic's famous quotes:
“It's a lie to think you're not good enough. It's a lie to think you're not worth anything.”  
“If you can't get a miracle, become one.”  
“Life without limbs? Or life without limits?”  
“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again”  

Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer. She is known for surviving a shark attack in which she lost her left arm, and for overcoming the injury to ultimately return to professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book and additional interviews. Hamilton has appeared on several shows since the loss of her arm.

Read more on Bethany's Wikipedia page.

Some of Bethany Hamilton's famous quotes:
“I don't really want people looking to me for inspiration. I just want to be a sign along the way that points toward Heaven.”
“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice."

Finally, when doing research about these two awesome fellows, I found this video of Nick and Bethany hanging out on the beach