The internet is falling in love with a 24-year-old man named Martin.
Martin — who was born without hands — was adopted from Russia and brought to the United States when he was 8 years old. BuzzFeed spoke to Martin, who said, "My arms and chest cavity did not form properly in utero. It wasn't hard to diagnose when I came out with nubs!"
And recently, Martin has been getting the attention of millions of people on TikTok for showing how he does everyday tasks. Over 6.6 million people have watched him eat spaghetti:
Martin said he learned to be independent after he was adopted. "I lived in an orphanage in Russia and people always took care of me and did everything for me. It wasn't until I moved to North Carolina at the age of 13 when my foster dad helped me become independent. He taught me that when I needed help with something, I could do it for myself. He sat back and let me take care of the problem. He pushed me to be the best version of myself," he said.
Over 17.3 million people have enjoyed watching Martin open and empty a packet of sauce!
And after seeing his videos, people always feel so satisfied.
Martin doesn't see his life with no hands as challenging. "I can do most things day-to-day, I just do them differently than the handicapable. Obviously, I have limited reach, so I need the cups and bowls on the bottom shelf. It's annoying to carry a bunch of pocket change, so I rarely use cash. I can't tie my shoes, so I wear slip-on shoes. Those are just a few examples. I have to find different ways to tackle some tasks," he said.
One of his biggest challenges to date has been learning how to game. "Most video games are not made for people with disabilities, so I had to overcome and challenge myself to try to keep up with the average player. After some practice, I was efficient enough to play FPS (first-person shooter) games and others. As I stand right now, I would say I am up to level with current gamers that have fully functional hands," he said.
People are always curious about Martin's condition, so that's why he decided to share his life on TikTok. "Some people stare, some people praise me for living my best no-handed life, and some people outright ask me questions. I decided to put myself out there to show people anything is possible in life," he said.
Martin feels so thankful for all the support he gets from people every day — they are the reason he keeps making content. "Inspiring my followers, bringing them joy, and making them laugh is the best part of all this. Not having hands does not make a person incapable. By all technicalities, I am considered physically handicapped, but I do not consider myself disabled. Just differently-abled."