Benjamin Russo is a pretty special young man. The 9-year-old who lives with his family in Canada recently posted a video sharing a talent that he says all stems from his unique superpower.
No, Benjamin can’t fly, nor can he see through walls or leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Benjamin has Dyslexia, which oftentimes makes things such as reading and understanding languages difficult. However, Benjamin’s mom Melanie Russo says his reading disability also comes with a few other characteristics which her son has turned into a heightened ability to perform otherwise complex tasks
Take for example the well-known Rubik’s cubes. The one-time toy that has now become the gold standard of brainy competitions around the world. Benjamin can finish a single side of the cube in about one second. While that’s not a world record or anything, it’s what he does after he has solved them that has people sharing his story and this incredible video:
It opens with Benjamin sharing his story via printed cards, then embarking on what ended up being a 5-hour session spread over several days to complete a pixel-perfect portrait of Professional Wrestler John Cena made completely out of specially solved cubes. The video ends with Benjamin sharing an important message, “Dyslexia is not my disability, Dyslexia is my SUPERPOWER.”
The video went viral, quickly spreading across the web and eventually to the social media feed of the WWE superstar himself. He then shared the clip with a special message for Benjamin and everyone else:
This is the embodiment of #NeverGiveUp.
Benjamin demonstrates courage, perseverance, vulnerability, tremendous strength… and he’s an ARTIST! I admire you, your work, and your outlook.https://t.co/HtChYVAj32
— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 29, 2019
Benjamin shows no signs of slowing down either, recently posting this full-size homage to fan-favorite Keanu Reeves.
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Mosaic of Keanu Reeves created by Benjamin Russo. This large scale piece uses 750 Rubik's cubes and took Benjamin 5 hours to complete. Benjamin looks up to Keanu Reeves because, just like Benjamin, Keanu also has dyslexia. And once Fortnite created a John Wick skin, Benjamin new exactly who his next creation was going to be. #keanureeves #fortnite #johnwick #cubekid #johnwickskin #dyslexia #dyslexiaawareness
It’s yet another reminder that a diagnosis of dyslexia or autism is only a small part of an individual’s full story. We’re excited to see what Ben creates next, which he promises to share on his Instagram page found here.