A New New Year: Lessons from Breedlove on Self-Love

Published on December 30, 2011

"Ben Breedlove"

In this time of reflection, as billions of people prepare to start anew and afresh for 2012, the most repeated question this week is ‘what did you accomplish in 2011?’  But what can 365 days truly say about a person?  Ben Breedlove, an 18 year old Texan, was unknowingly leaving the world a reminder of this fact a week before his untimely death.

Breedlove, who suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle, was inspired to create a Youtube video about his life’s battle on December 18th, 2011.  In this two-part series entitled “This is my Story,” he makes use of note cards instead of the charismatic voice he displayed on his other Youtube channel, BreedloveTV.  With “Mad World” by Gary Jules playing in the background, he takes his candidacy a few steps further than his first channel, expounding on his recent episodes of “cheating death” and “visions.”

But the most inspiring, insightful, and comforting pieces of information Breedlove explained, was how his brushes with death allowed him to see his self through a new scope.  Breedlove, neither had glamorous stories about celebrities, nor jaw-dropping Oprah-worthy stories about how he made it in America.  He was simply an 18-year-old embarking upon high school graduation, unsure about his life’s calling, like millions of others just like him.  What he did have to tell though, proved to be more priceless than a True Hollywood Story.

Ben Breedlove, at 18 years old, had survived death 3 times.  He loved to walk around a nearby lake, wakeboard, wakeskate, and wakesurf.  He loved his family, from his sister and brother, to his mom and dad.  He tried to make it to Church every Sunday, and openly loved God.  Despite these things that may seem menial and “normal” to many, 3 weeks before his death, he “cheated” it for the last time and recalled a story that struck thousands.  While unconscious, he recalled looking at himself in a mirror, proud.  Only if for having been alive, how he lived life, and everything he had done.

When it comes to this year’s reflection and resolution, focus more-so on not only what you would like to accomplish this year, but what you can do to accomplish the feeling of being proud of yourself for eternity;  Not only about what can materialize for others to judge of your accomplishments, but what you can do for yourself so that when you’re in your final hours, after all of your mistakes, your personal battles and triumphs within yourself is what defines your happiness and your legacy.

While Kid Cudi’s words spoke true to Ben, Ben’s words in turn spoke truer to Cudi and the rest of the world.  The fantasy must end with you, for the heaven to begin with you.

Watch the videos below for the full story.

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