If you’re having a bad day, this story might remind you to be thankful you’re alive. Not all of us get a second chance.
The video about Ross Capicchioni’s story was released back in 2011, but it’s been resurfacing the Internet to share his powerful message. Filmed by The Berrics, a skateboard park founded by the skateboarders Steve Berra and Eric Koston, this story is both insane and inspirational.
Ross Capicchioni, a regular kid growing up in Detroit, tells his story of when he was shot shamelessly in 2007 and left to die by someone he thought was his friend. The cause of the shooting? Gang initiation.
Ross was lured into a bad neighborhood, shot three times, and then left stranded in an alley. He started drifting in and out of consciousness and was pronounced dead upon arrival to an ambulance.
What makes this story remarkable is the way Ross chooses to not give up on himself. Here are some things to learn from his incredible survival story:
1. Being alive is a gift.
Toward the end of the short film, Ross tells us: “I’m very blessed…Makes me happy to be alive.” Not many of us see how blessed we are, even when we never experienced a tragedy like this. It takes an amazing person to look death in the face and turn it into strength.
Be thankful for your life, everyday. You never know when it can be taken away from you.
2. Forget the bad, and focus on the good.
Sometimes we lose sight of what “hard” is, and focus too much on all that’s bad in our life. Ross, who was left with a hole in his chest, a limp arm, missing teeth and no hair, could have easily given up on his ability to be normal again.
Ross realizes that a positive outlook is everything. “I look at what I got, not what I don’t got,” he closes off this film. Back to skateboarding and living he goes.
3. Treat mistakes like skateboarding.
After being released from the hospital, Ross struggled daily with things we take for granted. He had to be bathed and cared for by his mom, because he wasn’t physically capable of helping himself just yet. After time, physical therapy, and a positive attitude, Ross tried doing things on his own again.
Ross would mess up repeatedly during these attempts. One day, he realized that he could overcome his challenges by treating his mistakes the way he does with skateboarding. “Like a gnarly back side flip-you’re going to mess up until you try it and land it,” Ross explains. Sure enough, he reached a full recovery.
The most important message from this story is to not give up on you, no matter what. If Ross gave up on himself in the alley, he wouldn’t be alive to talk about it.
4. Choose your friends wisely.
Clearly, friendship isn’t always about how long you’ve known a person.
Be careful of the people you surround yourself with. Choose friends who lift you higher, motivate and bring out the best in you. They’re who you’ll become.
5. Live life to the fullest.
Like Ross says, “This is my world.” Make the most of your life and don’t cut yourself short. Things will inevitably get tough from time to time, but remember that you are in control of your happiness and future.