Nick Vujicic has traveled the world sharing his message of hope and inspiration. Now, the motivational speaker is in Hawaii touching the lives of thousands of keiki.
“This is the third time I’ve been to the islands,” he said. “I love Hawaii. You know, I’ve been up on a surfboard for the first time with Bethany Hamilton in ’08 and it was just so much fun.”
At first glance, one would think Vujicic’s life is full of limitations. He was born in Melbourne, Australia with no arms and no legs, and, as much as his family searched for normalcy in his life, he was a victim of bullying and teasing.
For the next two weeks, the 31-year-old will share his anti-bullying campaign at 18 schools across the state.
While addressing Kamehameha Schools students, Vujicic shared many of the comments he often heard growing up: “Nick, you’re not good enough. Nick, no one loves you. Nick, you’ll never be with someone. Even if you got married, you can’t even hold your wife’s hand. Even if you were a father, you can’t even hold your kid when he’s crying. Nick, just give up.”
At the age of 10, Vujicic attempted to end his life. “I actually believe it’s worse being in a broken home than having no arms and no legs,” he said.
But his faith helped him find hope. “The greatest two days in your life is the day you were born and the day you knew why” he said. “You are you. There’s not another you. There never has been another you, and there will never be another you. You are beautiful.”
At the State Capitol Thursday, Vujicic spoke to a much older audience. They were just as captivated. His message to lawmakers is similar to the one he shares with Hawaii’s youth: “Bullying to me is a worldwide problem and it’s not just in the schools, it’s in the workforce as well,” he said.
On Sunday, March 30, at 5 p.m., Vujicic will share his message at Aloha Stadium. His “Life Without Limbs” anti-bullying campaign message is open to the public and admission is free.