Try to envision being born without any hands or feet, arms or legs and given no warning or medical reason or explanation for having that congental anomaly. Now picture how you would live if you could not walk, do daily tasks, such as feeding yourself, brushing your teeth, going to the bathroom on your own, or writing, etc. I am sure you could only imagine the countless number of obstacles and challenges Nick faced just with things like life skills on a daily basis. However, Nick has overcome what most people would say is absolutely impossible, and he is now traveling world wide sharing his testimony, and he gives God all of the credit for his strength to do this.
The first theme I chose to focus on was freedom. I chose this simply because of the fact that he uses this word repeatedly throughout his book. I thought this was a great theme because he constantly talks about how you cannot and should not let yourself get bogged down worrying about what other people think about you or how other people perceive you. Nick believes that you are in control of you and only you, and if other people do not accept you for who you are, then that is on them and that is their problem. Nick says that people must stop trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations. He also says that we have to stop these negative attitudes, despite what our circumstances are, and we have to stop the nonsense of thinking we are not “good enough.” I chose the image of a person who has different paths in front of them to choose from. I chose this to depict that everyone always has options no matter what their circumstances are. Everyone has a choice of how they will live, as well as what their attitude and outlook on life will be. Nick learns that it is what is in your heart that creates what kind of life you will live, not what your circumstances are.
As one might imagine, growing up as a child and young teenager was the most difficult part of his life. Nick would not only have to deal with the typical challenges of school and growing up and becoming an adult, but he was also constantly teased, bullied and ridiculed which lead to his struggle with depression and loneliness. Since Nick felt so rejected from his peers, he would come home from school crying every day. This is why I chose fear for the next theme. For this theme, I chose the image of a little boy with his hands over his eyes because I just picture a helpless child, so afraid of what others will think about him because he is so different. I also chose a picture of one bright red apple that sticks out in a group of green apples. I think this really depicts how separated and how ostracized and different he felt.
The next theme I chose was despair. I chose this theme because while Nick was growing up, he constantly questioned whether there was a purpose to his life, and he wondered why he was not “normal,” like everyone else. From the ages of eight until twelve he thought...