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Thank you. Thank you. I am coming!
Hey, is that cool? Awesome.
I want to talk about, like, when I started, you know, go to school and stuff, a lot of people put me down. You know what I mean, like, people tease each other. I mean, people come up and say, “Hey, you fat, you fat, you fat – you lose some weight”, and you’re like, you go home, and you look at yourself in the mirror, and get, “I am fat,” right.
So many people tease each other, you know, you’re too short, you’re too tall, you look whatever, different hair and all that, it doesn’t matter.
See, the thing is, when you’re in school, and when you’re growing up in life, it actually sort of matters to people how you look. And then it matters to you because it matters to others.
Why? Why does it matter how you look? Because if they don’t like you, then who will. If they don’t accept you, then who will. And the fear that we have is that we’re going to be alone. That we’re not good enough, and, you know, we have to change ourselves. So many people put me down and say, “Nick, you look too weird, and no one wants to be your friend and you can’t do this and you can’t do that”, and I couldn’t change anything. It’s not like just fixing my hair one day and everything’s fine. It’s not like you know just, whatever. I couldn’t change my circumstance. I couldn’t just one day wake up and say, “Hey, give me arms and legs; I need arms and legs”.
I mean, like, you went to a bodybuilder, and said, “Can you make me some arms and legs?” Bodybuilder, you get it, right.
I got to be able, “Can you give me a hand? You know, I am just joking. But it was so hard because people put me down. And I started believing that I was not good enough. I started believing that I was a failure. That I would never ever be somebody who people would like, or people would accept.
And it was so hard, man, I thought to myself. I can’t go on the soccer field like everybody else and I can’t ride my bike and I can’t skate board and all these sort of things. I started getting depressed. I thought what kind of purpose do I have to live? I mean, do you – are you just here to live to die? I mean, is there not a purpose for me? Is there not a purpose in life?
And I had questions and no answers and I asked my mom and dad why did this happen. I asked doctors why did this happen. And they don’t know.
There are some things in life that are of your control, that you can’t change, and you’ve got to live with. The choice that we have though is either to give up, or keep on going.
I want to ask you what are you going to believe? Are you going to believe in yourself? Are you going to believe everybody else’s judgment on you? Are you going to believe people when they say that you’re a failure, and no one really likes you, no one really cares about you? And it’s not really to say that hey, you need someone to come up and say, hey, really I like you, I care about you. No, it’s not that. But it’s the fact that people put you down. People don’t even look you in the eye. People ask you how you are, and you say fine, but you are not fine and they’ll never know that.
I tell you life is interesting, life’s a journey. See this phone here. Let’s say that I want to go to the phone, right. And I start from over here. Now to get to the phone, it’s not like I’m going to start meditating and going hummmm, right and float across the air. It’s not going to work. It’s not like I’m going to go hummmm and woooo, it’s not going to work.
So I have to take one step at a time, one step at a time, one step at a time. You can only take one step at a time. I don’t care how big your step is, it’s only one step at a time. You can’t do two steps in one. You understand. So it’s like one step at a time and you take steps in this direction, you take steps in that direction. Sort of get lost along the way and sometimes you fall down.
Now to illustrate my point, I’m going to jump off the table do a back twist and land on the floor. OK, is that cool? Are you ready? But there’s a clock there. OK, can you move the clock for a second, please? Beautiful, beautiful; all right.
You’re ready. So are you guys ready? Just let me know when you’re ready. You are ready, OK. One, two, I’m joking, man, are you serious? Just put the clock back there. If I do that I’ll break my arm or something. You know what I mean? But honestly along the way you might fall down like this, ready? And yeah, here you go.
So what do you do when you fall down? Get back up. Everybody knows to get back up, because if I start walking, I’m going to get anyway. But I’ll tell you there are some times in life where you fall down, and you feel like you don’t have the strength to get back up. So, you sort of put a mask on your face when you come to school and pretend that everything’s OK when it’s not. And you go home and lay in your bed when no one’s looking at you, when you don’t have to impress anybody. And you are yourself.
And fear comes in, you know the fear that you have as soon as you walk into the doors of your house. Maybe there’s a broken home. Maybe you have doubt in your life. Maybe you don’t know for sure what’s going to be happening in the future and it scares you. Maybe about — maybe you’re worried about what people think of you, what people say about you. Does that fear paralyze you?
And I just want to ask you today, do you think you have hope? Because I tell you I’m down here. Face down and I have no arms, no legs. It should be impossible for me to get back up. I mean you go home and tie the legs and arms of your brothers and sisters. And like push them down and see how long it’s going to take for them to get back up. You know, what I mean? You can tell him that you’ll see him tomorrow. You know what I mean?
But this is the thing. It should be impossible for me to get back up. But it’s not. You see, I will try 100 times to get up and if I fail 100 times – if I fail and I give up, do you think that I’m ever going to get up? No. But if I fail, I try again and again and then again, for as long as I try, there’s always that chance of getting up. Does that make sense? And it’s not the end until you’ve given up.