Paralympian. Motivational speaker. Comedian. Author. Academic. Lamp! Wait, what? Josh Sundquist is at it again, this year dressing up as the infamous Pixar jumping lamp for Halloween.
When it comes to Halloween, having only one leg is a huge boon to Sundquist, not something that gets in the way. He uses his one-leggedness as an advantage to make interesting, unique, and hilarious costumes. These bring a smile to our faces and we think they keep getting better every year.
When you’re done with this article, have a look through Bored Panda’s previous posts about Sundquist here, here, here, and here. As you’ve probably already guessed, we love what he does and can’t wait to see what he comes up with next year!
In an interview with Bored Panda, Sundquist talked about himself, his goals, challenges, as well as why he dressed up as the Pixar lamp. "I wanted to dress as the Pixar lamp because I thought it would be funny to see a human-sized desk lamp with a functioning light hopping around. Also, my internet followers have been requesting this costume for many years. I feel like this costume will be difficult to top next year. My DMs are open if anyone has ideas," Sundquist explained. Scroll down for the full interview!
Sundquist joked that he's 'addicted' to making people laugh: "As addictions go, this is a pretty good one. It has very few side effects. And it's free (other than the annual cost of building a Halloween costume)."
The motivational speaker also didn't shy away from speaking about the challenges he faced in life apart from losing his leg. "Like any good millennial, I've had to work through a standard quota of mental health issues. But mental health, of course, is never finished or cured or overcome. It's managed. It's ongoing. It's in progress."
What's more, Sundquist shared some advice to help people overcome problems that they're struggling with: "If you're carrying a heavy burden, you have three options: You can hold on a little longer, you can find someone to share the load, or you can decide it's time to let go. All three are equally valid. Wisdom is choosing the best one for this particular moment."
How many of us would have the guts to dress up as the Pixar lamp? When push comes to shove, not a lot of us. But Sundquist went for it. He’s full of confidence, a desire to inspire others and make them laugh. He lost his leg to cancer at the young age of just 9 years old, but this hasn’t slowed him down one bit.
Virginia-born Sundquist turned his disability into something that helps him give other people purpose in life. What’s more, the 35-year-old is known far and wide. First as an American athlete, having become a Paralympic ski racer. Later trading it for motivational speaking, comedy, and writing.
“In high school, I wore a prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg,” Sundquist revealed on his website. “But now I’m more comfortable with who I am and what I look like, and I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate what makes me different.” That kind of determination and acceptance of yourself doesn’t grow on trees and we’ve all got a lot to learn from him.
On previous Halloweens, Sundquist has dressed up as Gingy the Gingerbread Man from Shrek, a flamingo, a foosball player, Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, and others. What are you going to dress up as, dear Pandas?