Why I’m Glad I Was Shot 11 Years Ago

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11 years ago, Ishmon Brown was shot in the leg in a random drive by…

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…and it was one of the best things to happen to him.

Here’s how it changed his life forever…

Before I was shot, I was a year out of high school…working hard at an entry level job at a major drugstore. I am certain I would have been shift lead in 6 months… a year at tops. But I always had an immense love for music, and I wanted to explore it. At the time, I didn’t think it was a feasible idea. I kept grinding away at my job, making enough money to get by each day. I could have easily worked there for decades.

One life changing night, in my quest to find a decent house party, I was a victim of crime instead. Nothing puts your life into perspective quite like death. When faced with your potential demise, how does one respond? That was the catalyst that made me question the meaning of every single choice I had made in my life up to that point.

It’s much easier to live the life you want to live when you think it can be taken away from at any moment. I sometimes wonder if I would have found the courage to move away from my hometown, leaving my job with no savings, if I didn’t have a hole in my leg. The kicker is that my life has been an absolute dream since that fateful day. I have traveled the world, met the most amazing people, and made money from music…Music…the thing that 10 years ago was nothing more than a passing phase…an unrealistic fantasy..a fun hobby to help me get through my monotonous work day.

I wrote all of this to hopefully inspire anyone out there that isn’t doing what they want in life not to wait for an extreme external event to motivate you. I am glad I was shot. But if I could do it over again, I’d choose a non bloody, gory way to get to where I’m at today.  But it happened. And now, I walk around with a hole in my calf… and it’s a constant reminder how lucky I am, and that anything, literally anything, is possible.”

This was a My Uplifting Content Submission. Thank you Ishmon for submitting your work to the Uplifting Content Community. We are so grateful to you for making a difference and uplifting people in your own special way.

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ISHMON BROWN
ISHMON BROWN
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