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  • What was different about your body when you were born?

  • I was actually born with one finger on my left hand and a full left leg, but it was curved.

  • I had surgery when I was 2 and a half years old to remove the part that was curved.

  • So I had a stump that they could put a prosthetic leg on.

  • And then they took the big toe from that. And they put it on my left hand. So, I have two fingers.

  • I did tons of physical therapy to try to get my new finger to work like a real finger, and not like a toe.

  • I was always trying to figure out how to bring them together and how to get them to come together and touch, and I was sitting in the shower. And they touched. And it was amazing!

  • I was running around the house screaming, yay, I did it! 'Cause that was like the first milestone.

  • Do you feel different than other kids?

  • Sometimes I do. People do stare and whisper.

  • I'll be thinking, like, there's tons of kids in this world.

  • How did He (God) happen to choose me to be one of the kids that had to get their legs taken away?

  • And I asked God like..."Can you please give me a leg? Somehow, some way."

  • But then I have to think, I was born like this. I can't change it.

  • And when I play sports, I don't feel different.

  • I don't think about anything else. I just think about what's happening in the game.

  • Would you say sports have become a ritual for you?

  • Yes. Because I feel like if I don't play sports every day, I feel weird.

  • I've always felt like sports is where I can go when I'm sad or lonely or anything.

  • I love competition. I love the feeling. I love being under pressure and everything.

  • When I'm playing sports, I go from thinking about all the other things to game mode.

  • When I'm in the zone, I feel like I have this like fire around me.

  • And then the flames pop up and have the circle around it.

  • So, any thoughts that try to come in, and they get burned by the fire. And they don't let in.

  • Do you feel you have to work harder than other kids?

  • Oh, yes. I bet kids, when they take a step, oh, I took a step big deal.

  • For me, when I take a step, I say, oh, no big deal. But I thought about every little bit.

  • I put so much pressure on my body from being in a prosthetic all day.

  • I come home. And I'm like dying from back pain. And I have to stretch before I go to bed every night.

  • So how do you stay positive?

  • I have to think about what I have instead of what I don't have.

  • I have a great life. I have a great family.

  • I have great legs. I have great friends. I have a great school.

  • I could go on for years. I'm just grateful that I have so many things that are great in my life.

  • There's lots of challenges in people's life, and that's a little wall right there.

  • So I try to break down that wall. If I'm just running around like playing soccer or shooting a lay-up, I don't think about it.

  • I don't feel different when I'm playing sports because that takes me away from my disability.

  • But it's a good thing that I'm born like this. I've learned to be confident in myself. I've learned how to be strong.

  • Firefighters see difficult things every day.

  • Click to watch as one shares his inspiring ritual in this episode.

  • All that excitement, energy, sweat, tears, it's contained until you get all the way up to the top, where you just explode and just feel the sky open up.

  • "Rituals" is a part of "Seeker Stories.".

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