Archive for the ‘Less Fortunate’ Category

Carly’s Secret Thoughts

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Being misunderstood is an occasional affair for most of us. When we are attacked by erroneous accusations, some of us take it passively by brushing them aside, while others lash out aggressively in attempts to salvage their damaged reputations. What about autistic children who are robbed of the ability to express their emotions well? They are often looked upon as mentally incompetent and of little worth to society. You would probably think it is impossible for them to step forward and address these insensitive remarks. Well, so did I until I chanced upon a video on Carly Fleischmann and was awed by her secret thoughts..



The discovery of Carly Fleischmann’s intriguing ability has indeed ignited a spark of hope in many autistic children. Her relentless spirit in face of much discrimination and negativity is something in which we should emulate.

So the next time you find yourself stuck in an unfortunate misunderstanding, garner enough courage, stand firm and let your hidden voice be heard!


I love living life, I am happy

November 4, 2010 1 comment

Life is filled with many potholes and obstacles. What would you do if you have stumbled? Give up or get up? It would come as a surprise if a person without limbs said “I love living life. I am happy.” with great conviction, but these are the exact words of Nicholas James Vujicic.

The rare Tetra-amelia disorder left him limbless, missing both arms at shoulder level and legs except for two small feet, at birth. Despite what seemed to be life’s greatest tragedy, Vujicic chose to celebrate what he had by living a life without limits.

Growing up was not an easy feat for Vujicic. Although he was mentally competent like most of us, the Victoria state law prohibited him from attending a mainstream school. It was only much later when the modification of laws favoured the essential development of Vujicic. Not only did he learn how to write using the two toes on his left foot, he was also equipped with the necessary life skills like combing his hair or brushing his teeth.

Vujicic was just like any young boy; beaming with curiosity and active by nature.

At the promising age of seventeen, Vujicic started his own non-profit organisation which he named Life Without Limbs. His goal was never about gaining sympathy for himself but to inspire positive attitudes and behaviour in people all around the world. Apart from his regular motivational talks, Vujicic is also a proud writer of the book entitled Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life.

It is in the middle of difficulty that lies opportunity and Vujicic has indeed proven to be the perfect personification of victory over life’s struggles. We too may find ourselves gasping for air, trying to overcome the rough patches of life. Some of us may be suffering the distress of a broken heart; others may feel neglected in a place where many call home. Our tribulations no matter how insignificant it may seem as compared to that of Vujicic are necessary in making us stronger at heart. It is only through hardships that we truly understand what joy is.

Vujicic is just one of the many examples that bear testament to the phrase, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Everyday, we wake up and go about our lives and amidst us we can find many others who like Vujicic, are disadvantaged in one way or another. Life is never perfect, nor will it ever be equal.

Life is more than sadness and difficulties, wealth and comfort. The real currency of life is that of our characters and its strength to bring us through our daily experiences. Thus, instead of harping on our limitations, we should make the attempt to treasure the gifts we have been bestowed and touch the lives of the people around us.

“Early on in school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.”

Vijicic was that little boy who understood life and grew into a man who was happy pursuing what he wanted, no matter the obstacle placed in his path. Find that little boy or girl in you and embrace happiness, learn to let nothing stop you and live to the fullest.

The Human Camera

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The Human Camera

Today, we are featuring a special someone with extraordinary abilities. He is a thirty six year old architectural artist from London,England. He is known for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once. He is autistic and is known as the ‘Human Camera’.

His name is Stephen Wiltshere MBE.

Scientifically, Austism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. It affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

To put it in plain, the nerves of an autistic person are wrongly wired, causing him to behave in a extreme manner.

Many people do not understand why an autistic individual behave the way they do. Often, they are deemed as intellectually disabled or mentally ill. However, in most cases, it is their bodies which are controlling their minds and preventing them from performing actions on free will. Therefore, they seek different ways to express themselves.

Stephen chose to do it by drawing

Stephen painting the sky view of London

Armed with a photographic memory and a burning passion for drawing, Stephen has produced many brilliant pieces of artwork.

In May 2005 Stephen produced his longest ever panoramic memory drawing of Tokyo on a 10-metre long canvas within seven days following a short helicopter ride over the city.

Since then he has drawn Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London on giant canvasses. When Wiltshire took the helicopter ride over Rome, he drew it in such great detail that he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon

Rome on canvas

In 2006, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to art.

The lesson learnt here is valuable. Everyone has an inner voice that he or she wishes to express. It could be a problem, a thought or an opinion. Find a way to express it, tell others about it, influence someone. You never know what you will get in return. Keeping it within never feels as good as sharing it with someone. It is also the spirit that we at Lifetunez hopes to spread via this website.

Just like Stephen, nobody knew he was a genius until he started to draw. Now, he is impacting the lives of many people and living a life full of purpose.

Simply, he is an epitome of a beautiful mind.

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