You Are a Survivor

If you are feeling discouraged and on the verge of giving up then you need you hear this story. It’s very rare that people get shot point blank and live to tell, but that is what happened to Michigan native, Ross Capicchioni. In 2007, when he was 17 years old he endured gun shots to his arm, chest and head by a 15 year old kid he considered a friend. Despite the odds, he didn’t let that keep him from continuing on with his life.

I recently showed this video to two of my roommates and it still gave me goose bumps like I was watching it for the first time. I admire the strength Ross shows while vividly rehashing the details of that fateful day and the way he does it so confidently.

I believe that every single human in this world is a survivor in their own right. Stories of survival don’t have to be as extreme as almost losing your life. They can be along the lines of doing something you once feared or accepting the circumstances of a situation that you couldn’t before.

In July of last year, my youngest brother passed away from a 7 month long battle with Leukemia. As humans, death is inevitable so it’s something we must all deal with at some point in our lives, except we all deal with it differently. Some people completely shut down, become depressed and decide that their life no longer has a purpose, while others accept and become at peace with it.

I was 19 at the time and everything happened so quickly that I don’t think I really had to time truly to let it sink in. For the fall semester of 2013 I stayed at home and took a few classes at a local community college. With all my friends away for college, I spent a lot of time by myself reflecting on every aspect of life.

Prior to this all happening I had already made arrangements to continue my academic career at Iowa State in the spring. For starters, I have never visited the campus, let alone been to Iowa or anywhere in the Midwest for that matter nor do I know a single person in the state of Iowa.

Within the snap of a finger I could have decided that I didn’t want to move out of state by myself anymore, but I knew in my bones that it was something I needed to do in order to get where I wanted to be in life. Solely for making the decision to not back down, I am a survivor.

Life will throw you a ton of curve balls and you just have to roll with the punches. Some will be small taps while others will be big knockouts but every day that you wake up, get out of bed and overcome a personal struggle deems you a mother-fucking survivor too.

Below is Ross’ inspiring story, which I highly recommend you take the time to watch.

Thank you for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!

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