There is an idiom that says when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Yet this proverbial phrase is hard to swallow at times. When things are not going well and you wonder whether this is all that life has to offer. And even if the problem is not that big, a little pessimism could turn bad to worse. It’s good to know that there are people out there who can inspire us to live life.
Let’s look at 5 people who successfully turned their lemons into lemonade and even made a lemonade stand. Here they are in no particular order.
Nick Vujicic ‒ Limbless, Limitless
Have you ever imagined yourself living life without arms and legs? What would have it felt struggling like that every single day? Australian Nicholas James Vujicic knows what it is like. Due to his physical state, he tried to commit suicide at the age of 10. But the vision of his mom, dad, and brother crying on his grave prevented him from carrying out his plan. Today, Nick is a Christian evangelist and motivational speaker.
Lesson from Nick: Make the most of what we already have.
More on Nick’s page.
Lizzie Velasquez – World’s Ugliest Inspires
If you will see Lizzie for the first time, you will probably be shocked. But when you begin to listen to her, you will realize there is more to her than her looks. After being extremely bullied online, Lizzie decided to fight back against those who bullied her. How did she fight back? By staying alive and engaging the fight of life. It is the perfect payback to those bullies.
Lesson from Lizzie: Do not be too self-conscious. It is not how you look but how you carry yourself that makes the difference.
See Lizzie’s page.
Sean Stephenson – The Mind Prison
You might mistake Sean Stephenson as a midget actor who played in some well-known movie. He is actually a motivational speaker, author, and a therapist. His physical condition known as “brittle bone disease” was no hindrance for him into becoming the person that he is today. An extremely funny and positive guy who dedicated his life to helping others.
Lesson from Sean: Do not limit yourself to any negative thoughts that you have.
Take a look at Sean’s page.
Ezra Frech – Get in the Game
According to the website Team Ezra, Ezra Frech “was born with congenital limb differences, missing his left knee and left fibula, and fingers on his left hand. At 11 months, when he started to pull himself up to stand, he received his first prosthetic leg. He quickly learned to walk and has been unstoppable ever since.” Ezra is currently training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics as he mentioned in his speech at WE Day California 2017. Can you play any sports when you only have one leg and one complete hand? Well, Ezra did it.
Lesson from Ezra: If you love doing something, do not let anything stop you from doing it.
Visit Ezra’s page.
Lacey Nicole Buchanan – A Mother’s Love
You can find Lacey on Facebook and her video on Youtube will get you all emotional. Following her on social media will show you how much she has invested her all for his son Christian. Christian has Tessier Cleft Lip and Palate, a condition which according to Lacey is 1 in only 50 in the entire world. Christian is also blind. The emotional stress and worries that Lacey had gone through are unfathomable. She is certainly one of the strongest women you will know in your lifetime.
Lesson from Lacey: Emulate a mother’s love. The selfless kind of love.
Check out Lacey’s blog.
There is a saying that if we cannot lead then we should follow. If we think that our life is nothing more than suffering then we cannot lead our own. Let’s follow the example of these 5 people that live their life with meaning and purpose.
Nick, Lizzie, Sean, Ezra, and Lacey are great examples for us. That no matter how sour life can be, it is still a healthy world. The situations we endure pale in comparison to what they have struggled. And if our problems do happen to be equal or greater than theirs, take into comfort the idea that you are not alone in your predicament. We are all in this together.
So if you find your life so taxing, think of these 5 people. Then, as the title in Sean Stephenson’s book states, “Get Off Your ‘But’” and go build that lemonade stand.