Nick Vujicic Conquers Fear Through Peace, Purpose

Inspirational speech touches on overcoming pain, bullying



Nick Vujicic delivers an inspirational speech Aril 12 at Southwest Church Indian Wells.

Photos by Jim Powers

 

Nick Vujicic has his own definition of fear.

He spells it the same way, but each letter has a distinctive meaning.

FEAR stands for False Evidence of Appearing Real, says Vujicic, who recently spoke at Southwest Church in Indian Wells. The event benefited the Salvation Army-Davis Center, which is raising funds to build a Youth Center as part if its after school program.

“There are some good rational fears that you need to think through,” Vujicic says. “My parents were scared about not knowing of whether I would become independent, that I would go on and maybe have a family of my own.”

Vujicic was born without arms or legs, and his personal spiritual journey has brought his inspirational words before millions. He has sat with some of the richest people in the world and shared time with seven presidents and spoken before numerous congresses.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, the 31-year-old Nick and his wife, Kanae, have a baby son, Kiyoshi, and live in Los Angeles. He has been sharing his life and inspirations since he was 15, and at 17 began his own non-profit charity, Life Without Limbs.

“I didn’t need arms and legs to be happy,” Vujicic says. “I needed peace and a purpose.”

To get to that point, however, was painful and full of hurdles.

“Because I was bullied at school, I tried to think of ways to escape my pain,” Vujicic says. “Maybe ending my life could be an option. At age 8 I thought about it, at age 10 I tried to commit suicide. But I couldn’t do it.”

“Sometimes we feel like we don’t have hope,” he adds. “We all need hope. We all want to be happy.”

Vujicic found his hope through God and spreads his motivational message now in more than 40 countries on five continents.

“I want to be someone’s reason to love their life,” Vujicic says.

He relates a starfish story in which a big storm a big storm washes hundreds of starfish ashore. One by one, the man begins to toss the starfish back into the water.

“A guy comes up to him and asks, ‘What are you doing?’ He says, ‘I’m making a difference.’ The guy says, ‘What? Look how many starfish there are, you’ll never make a difference’.

“He said, ‘Yeah, he picks up one, I made a difference in this one. He goes and picks up another, ‘See, this one too.’

When we come together, Vujicic says, we can make a difference but we have to be the ones who start making a difference.

“If we want to see more love in our city, we have to be that love,” he says. “We have to be that light, that person with passion that says, ‘I’m not done yet.’”

For more information, visit www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

East Meets West

Gemma Kahng, Fashion Week El Paseo 2015’s finale designer, grew up in South Korea, eventually moving to New York to launch her first collection in 1989, shooting to prominence when it was featured in Vogue.

A Cycle of Falling Prices

For the last six months, the financial community has been speculating about when the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates.

Nina McLemore Speaks at Third Annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon

Fashion guru Nina McLemore will be the keynote speaker at Palm Springs Life's third annual Women in Business Awards luncheon on May 5, which celebrate the desert’s finest female business leaders.

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center Earns Docomomo Award

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion has been recognized by Docomomo US’ 2015 Modern in America Awards with a Design Award of Excellence.

The Moody Blues Continue to Soar with Agua Caliente Casino Show

It may be hard to believe, but The Moody Blues are celebrating their 51st anniversary as a band this year including a stop at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Palm Springs Life's Women in Business

Palm Springs Life's Women in Business

Winner profiles will be highlighted in a special section in Palm Springs Life’s May 2014 issue. Nominate Your Top Women in Business!
Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags