Why I’m Incredibly Inspired by this 2-Year-Old

There’s a video circulating on the internet that touched me on such a deep level, I had to write about it. Let me first say, in today’s crowded virtual realm, where eye-catching pictures and weird videos seem to only add to the dizzying sensation of sensory overload, it’s rare for anything that crosses my newsfeed to become memorable.

But I don’t think I’ll ever forget the sight of this 2 year old amputee learning to walk with his prosthetic leg for the first time. I’ve watched the video about a dozen times and every time I see the toddler stumble, his moms cautious hands ready to catch his tiny body if he should fall, every time I hear his little voice say “I got it”, I want to smile and burst into tears all at once.

On one level, my heart goes out to the tyke because it’s hard to see children battle serious illnesses. On the other hand, I tell myself, he is not suffering. His happiness is magnetic.  The beautiful thing about childhood is that children have yet to internalize fear and limiting beliefs.  They don’t know about judgement or conformity. They only know what it feels like to be happily lost in their miniature worlds… a world that is still new, exciting and filled with love.

The boys name is Kayden Kinckle and the 2 minute viral video has already touched the lives of thousands. He was born with omphalocele, a type of hernia that often means organs grow outside of the baby’s navel.

In January, he had to have his right foot and left leg amputated.  His family says he was excited to receive his walker and prosthetic leg so that he could learn to walk and play.

Life can be rough, and there are times when it feels like the entire world is against you. There are times when in your heart, you want to soar (because it seems like everyone else is) but it feels as if there are cinder blocks attached to your feet. There are times when you can’t help but ask, “why me?” And then you see someone like Kayden and  you are reminded that outlook is everything. Here is a kid who isn’t afraid to fall. He doesn’t care about the absence of his leg. He’s excited about the gift a new one! The next time life presents you with a challenge, think about little Kayden and his beautiful spirit!

Watch this video and be inspired.



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