Skip To Content
    Updated on Aug 9, 2019. Posted on Aug 8, 2019

    This Video Of NFL Star Ken Norton Cleaning His Amputated Arm Is The Affirmation We All Need

    What a man.

    Last month, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was involved in a car crash that required him to have his left arm amputated.

    Kendrick Norton on his Instagram story this morning 🙏

    @DavidFurones_ / Via Twitter: @DavidFurones_

    Crazy, right? Life-changing, shocking, and probably financially challenging, right?

    ABC

    To say the least.

    Well, in a video posted to his joint YouTube channel with his girlfriend, Kira Andrea, Norton gave us a lesson in self-compassion and perspective as he showed his viewers how he takes care of "Lil' Ken" — what he's named his amputated arm — every morning.

    Grant Halverson / Getty Images

    Honestly, we should all name both our literal and figurative wounds.

    "I know everybody wants to know," his girlfriend Kira begins the video, "How does it feel to wake up one morning and you’re armless? How do you cope with it?”

    “I’m just trying to not be down about it, because that’s not going to fix anything," says Norton.

    youtube.com

    "No point in crying every day and being sad. Still got stuff to be done.”

    Then, when Kira asks him how he has so much strength at such a young age, he replies, "I don’t know, it’s not that hard for me to stay strong. I can pretty much motivate myself to get up, get around."

    youtube.com

    That's not to say that it's wrong to take some time to grieve, feel all the bad feelings, and generally take the time to not force a smile on your face. But Norton's resilience is nonetheless something to aspire to!

    His biggest challenge? The extra time it takes him to do things.

    CBS

    I regret every time I've ever complained about anything in my life.

    His biggest piece of advice for fellow amputees is, "Don’t let what other people say determine how you feel about yourself."

    youtube.com

    Wow, I am officially a Ken Norton stan now?

    You can watch Ken and Kira's full "Lil Ken" video here.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form