Our Family Song

If you have been a reader for a while, then you know about Andrew’s car accident that happened in the summer of 2013. If you are new to my blog you can read his story here. Prior to his wreck, we were huge One Republic fans, and going to one of their concerts was on our “life list” (we do a life list, not a bucket list). They were actually performing just a couple of months after his wreck in our area, so we quickly bought tickets (and scored awesome seats). Andy was still very, very early in his recovery, and the concert was exactly what we both needed. A chance to unwind, get swept up in the atmosphere, have a beer (or wine for me) and simply be free for a few hours to not worry about his pain, medical bills, or physical therapy.

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A few hours after Andy was rushed to the hospital. Believe it or not, this was him looking “good.”

They played some songs that we were familiar with, and sprinkled in some new songs from their latest album Native. We were blown away by it. We currently own two copies and have it downloaded on iTunes. One song in particularΒ “I Lived”Β really stuck out to both of us. It quickly became our “family song.” Connor can sing every single word of it. That song truly inspired our entire family to make the most of our lives. We added things to our life list, ran races we only dreamed of, changed careers and we have simply pushed ourselves to do all that we can to live our life and do all that we want to do.

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Within 6 months of his wreck Andy completed 2 half marathons, a 10 Miler, a 10K (1st in his age group) and two 5Ks (3rd in his age group).

That song is more than just a catchy tune to our family. It drives us to push ourselves and better ourselves. It is a symbol of our family’s strength and determination. It also inspires us to see that same strength in others. If you hear the song, it will immediately make you think of someone who overcame a difficult situation and decided to live there life instead of wallow in the issue. The song also makes me think of my grandma, who was wheelchair bound from severe arthritis for much her life. I think of myself beating depression. I think of my cousins who are currently kicking cancer’s butt. I think of Connor not letting the wreck have a negative impact on his life.

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This was the absolute best concert we’d ever been to!

Yesterday, we were thrilled when One Republic released their video for the song. I knew that it would be great, but I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to catch the depth of it, and what that song really means to some people. I don’t think they could have done it any better. It is fabulous. What a wonderful reminder that people share similar struggles but are choosing to own their life and truly live it. Enjoy the video below. You will not regret watching it, and you may even shed a tear like me! Check it out here!

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