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As a result of this Timothy and Phillip meet because they happen to get on the same raft that leads them to the small Cay. Some of the adversities that are overcome are dealing with Phillip going blind, being shipwrecked and prejudice. Getting along, working as a team and most importantly a friendship help overcome these adversities. The second example of adversity is in a film called No Limbs, No Limits. This is about a man called Nick Vujicic who was born with no limbs.
After seeing the film you will always remember Nick as it is one story that will blow your mind.
This 25 year old man is overcoming every obstacle that life puts in front of him. Some of the obstacles that he and his family have to overcome are having to accept Nick for who he is and having to change the way that they will live forever. Striving for what he wants helps overcome this and Nick does it with determination and family encouraging him to do his best always.
The Cay: They have been shipwrecked on the island for a few days and it is starting to get hard. They are running low on supplies which mean that they have to go and hunt for food.
With Phillip being blind it makes it very difficult because Timothy who is quite old has to do the hunting in order for them to survive. What kept them alive and the way they got through everything in the story was by supporting each other, growing a friendship and Timothy’s knowledge due to his age.
At one point in the book Timothy and Phillip found a coconut tree. With Timothy being old and frail and Phillip being blind they still thought of a way to get the coconuts. The way they did this was for Timothy to tell Phillip exactly what to do.
It was hard for the both of them with Timothy having to explain to Phillip each step of the way as well as making sure that there were no dangers in the process that could hurt Phillip. Having to actually climb the tree while being blind and not knowing what was coming up ahead would have been very scary. Eventually getting to the top of the tall coconut tree, Phillip cut some coconuts down from the tree and then came back down safely. They were both jumping for joy and as quoted by Phillip in the book “I just felt like I had just passed a survival course”.
With this we as readers take away how having a disability means nearly everything is still possible. You are still very capable of doing the same things that a person who has no disability can do providing you have the right support and people around that care about you and you can trust. Black and white to most people are just colours, but to some if you are black then you are discriminated against. The Cay is set in 1942 when if you were black then you had to stand up if a white person got on the bus and there was no seats left. It was the time when half of the bus was for white people and the other half was for black.
Phillip was bought up by his mother Grace to disregard black people. That all had to change when Phillip and Timothy got stranded on the Cay. Phillip had to get used to having a black man around because he and Timothy were the only people on the island. They both got so used to each other that they overcame the whole concept of black and white. They did this by accepting each other for who they were and equality that was done by forgetting that they “were neither white nor black” as quoted by Phillip when he was lying next to Timothy on the Cay.
This is also shown when Phillip says to Timothy “I want to be your friend” Timothy replies “young bahss you have always been my friend. ” Phillip said “instead of calling me young boss call me Phillip”. Here we take away that different coloured skin really means nothing. It is people’s actions and personality that we should judge someone by not their colour or age and certainly not their disability. No limbs, No limits: Nick Vujicic is a man who was born with no arms or legs and he has had to overcome that he is very different to everyone else. Nick got bullied throughout primary and high school as a result of his disability.
Nick was also misunderstood and everyone thought that because of the way he was he could not achieve anything. Nick’s personality was so determined that he proved them all wrong. He has overcome so much in his past, worked through many obstacles and is now a successful speaker with a wife and a child. Nick has got to this point in life because he was determined to let nothing get in his way and supported from all of his family and friends. We can take away from this film that no matter what your disability is or even if you do not have a disability then there is nothing holding you back.
Go for what you want in life and you can achieve anything if you want it badly enough. There is a shot in the film where teenagers are looking at Nick with tears in their eyes. The teenager’s point of view is that of admiration of Nick and encouragement that all is possible. Then Nicks point of view shot is showing his feelings of joy, pride, success and achievement in life. By Nick becoming a public speaker he is showing people never give up no matter what is thrown at them in life as despite his disability he is successful and very happy.
In conclusion after reading the book and watching the film I feel that no matter what obstacles are put in front of us if we have the determination and believe in ourselves anything is possible. Life is full of ups and downs. It is these ups and downs that make us strong and the people we are today. Both the book and the film encourage audiences to go for what they want in life and never let anything hold you back. Persistence and determination are so important and as a result of this Nick has an amazing career and is very happy despite his disabilities and Phillip and Timothy survived being stranded on The Cay.
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