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  • This is not clickbait. This is not a joke. The title is real.

  • I got shot and this is what I learned.

  • First of— I'm okay. I'm gonna do a little sidestep, side to side, side to side.

  • I'm still Jo, I still smile, I still make jokes.

  • Uh, it's been one week since a bullet was lodged into my back.

  • Got a little patch.

  • I'm okay! Again, I'm okay!

  • Everybody at home, freaking out,

  • Yes, it is a reason to freak out,

  • It could have been super super super terrible

  • It could have gone so many ways but

  • Here I am, perfectly fine, with a bullet in my back

  • A little extra piece inside of me,

  • And a huuuge message to share.

  • Let's rewind.

  • Damon and I decided to go to the Carnival in Bresil

  • So we took a twenty-day trip to Sao Paulo first,

  • And then we went to Rio, my birth city

  • Of course, I was born there and I almost died there

  • But I didn't! And I am here to tell the tale

  • of the time I got shot in Bresil.

  • Why can't it be a joke ?!

  • 'cause it's real!

  • Ok, so before the dramatic ? story

  • Just to get things clear, Carnival was amazing,

  • We spent three nights partying, dressing up like...

  • Animals... and putting glitter on our faces and...

  • watching everybody just feel completely alive.

  • So, after the parties , after the glitz and the glitter

  • And all the good things about Carnival

  • that you hear about all the time,

  • Damon and I decided to split up,

  • because I needed to see my family,

  • my father still lives there, my little brothers, my cousins,

  • uncles, aunts, everybody's still in Brazil

  • and so, then I took the opportunity that

  • that it was the last day of Carnival,

  • and I took an Uber all the way to the northern zone of Rio,

  • Tijuca, where my family all lives

  • And my dad and I hugged, we caught up, we...

  • danced in the street!

  • When I tell you: this is living...

  • You could just watch it for yourself

  • Again, my family has lived in this neighbourhood their entire lives.

  • So, it's not... a particulary extremly dangerous neighbourhood

  • It is dangerous, Rio is dangerous, but danger is everywhere

  • And I don't want it to seem like "you should never go to Brazil"

  • Damon had a beautiful time, in Brazil

  • This did not happen to Damon.

  • So, this is just one particular story,

  • not to scare you,

  • I would never want people to not come to my own country

  • That's so beautiful!

  • So, it was around 9:30, I was

  • supposed to meet Damon by Copacabana to go to a party

  • And I told my uncle

  • "Hey I'm gonna take an Uber home. Don't wait up"

  • And they said

  • "Absolutely not, we're gonna drive you home"

  • So we all hopped in the car

  • My uncle's driving, my aunt's in the passenger seat

  • My 15 year old cousin in the back seat with me

  • And for some reason

  • Even though I always do this

  • I did not put my seat belt on

  • Thankfully

  • And I was telling a story while they were driving

  • So I was leaning towards between the front 2 seats

  • We're driving down the street

  • In the neighborhood my family has lived in for years and years and years

  • All of the sudden and when I tell you in a blink of an eye

  • Everything changed

  • What I see

  • Was something out of movies but this is real life

  • 2 motorcycles blocking the street

  • And at the dead center of the street

  • There was a man holding a gun pointing directly

  • At the windshield of the car that I was in the middle of

  • Dead center in the middle blocking the street

  • And in attempt to steal car and rob whoever in the car with guns

  • So my uncle was driving at 40 miles per hour

  • kept driving because he didn't see that there were 2 motorcyclists

  • And when he keeps driving

  • he hit one of the motorcycles

  • And from that point on we were like "We can't stop here"

  • "these people have guns"

  • "and they wanna kill us"

  • From that point on, it was just like...

  • Flash, flash, flash

  • It was like my pupils were opening to try to...

  • see as much information as possible, too see where I should

  • go and what to do and how to react

  • We drive away

  • And immediately

  • You hear: Pow pow pow pow pow

  • So I duck

  • And I see the slow motion of the red flames flying out of the guns, like...

  • WHAT?

  • This is not a movie. This is life

  • And I'm ducking because I'm trying not to get hit in the head

  • And I'm trying to make sure none of my family is getting hit

  • And as we're driving away

  • And the sound is so loud and the smell of gun powder is so, so vivid

  • All of the sudden I feel heat in my back

  • And I'm like

  • I just got shot in the back

  • I just got hit in the back. We need to go to the hospital. NOW

  • Never thought I'd say those words

  • And I told myself as I was lying down

  • You say you're strong. Now it's the time to prove it

  • And I calm down

  • And I was actually calm

  • considering I've just been shot

  • And my poor 15 year old cousin was there like, holding me

  • And I though to myself: "No 15 year old, no child..."

  • "should have to see this and live this and, make this a part of their everyday life"

  • Because of danger and violence that are so unnecessary. FOR WHAT?

  • For a car?

  • For a cellphone, really?

  • It appals me

  • That this is not just about me. This is about everybody that gets hit with bullets

  • It's about everybody that is a victim of a violent crime for something so silly

  • After I realized that I was hit

  • We sped into a hospital

  • And I looked to the side

  • of the car where I should have been sitting had I had my seat belt on

  • And there was a gapping hole

  • where the window, where my head would have directly been next to

  • So again, everything happens for a reason

  • If I have sat in the car, put my seat belt on

  • You wouldn't be seeing this video right now

  • And from that point on, adrenaline was rushing, I was in survival mode

  • Straight up like... Girl you're gon' survive this

  • I get separated from my family and this is the part when everything gets so real, so fast

  • And you're lying, looking up at a blank ceiling you're just thinking

  • "If this were my last day, would it have been a good one?"

  • And to be honnest

  • Yes I've lived a great life. And my 24 years have done more than a lot of people can dream of

  • But that particular day

  • I managed to argue with everybody that I care about.

  • For the dumbest things

  • Damon and I argued because I didn't feel like sharing my beach towel with him

  • WHAT?

  • Really? Is that how it's gonna close out of a chapter of an amazing friendship?

  • My mom and I weren't speaking

  • My dad and I had had a decent time

  • I haven't spoken to my brothers, my sisters, my best friends for over a week

  • And if that was my last day

  • that would have been a shame

  • So anything when I was looking up at the ceiling

  • At the blankness

  • of the abyss that could have been the end of my life

  • I was upset

  • And I realized

  • I can't do that again.

  • You need to live every single day life your last

  • And tell everybody that you care about how much you care about them

  • And make an effort to think not about the things that don't matter

  • Like likes, comments, your appearance. Things that are so vain

  • Yeah, of course you can think about those things

  • But if it's your last day on Earth. Is that really what you want to think about?

  • Here's the best part

  • They didn't take the bullet out of me (whattt?)

  • Your girl is now Iron Woman

  • Someway somehow this bullet managed to go in the one spot in my back

  • where it would affect nothing vital

  • Thank you

  • And everything plays a part in this

  • Going to the gym like a race horse

  • It was like I was literally practicing to survive without knowing it and that's absurb

  • I'mma beep through airport

  • Here's what I'm encouraging you to think about now

  • Are you living every single day like it's your last?

  • Are you doing the things that you wanna do now?

  • Have you booked the trip you've always wanted to take?

  • Have you told the person you love how much you care about them?

  • Are you studying something that makes you genuinely happy?

  • Are you helping others?

  • You never know when something like this could happen

  • Don't sit around and wait

  • We think we're invincible, we think these things never happen to anybody close to us

  • Guess what? It happened to me

  • So now you know somebody, who it happened to

  • somebody that you follow on a regular basis

  • somebody that constantly travelling the world

  • And to give you an idea. I'm not going to avoid going back to Brazil. I will go back

  • This isn't going to make me afraid

  • Because if I live my life in fear then it's

  • completely going against what I just said

  • which is you need to live your live to the fullest. So...

  • On that note

  • It's time to shut and go and live your live

This is not clickbait. This is not a joke. The title is real.

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I GOT SHOT AND THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED

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    Jenn   に公開 2019 年 08 月 15 日
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