"With every broken bone / I swear I lived." That lyric stands on its own from OneRepublic's "I Lived," but the track off 2013's Native just got a monumentally inspiring music video to go along with its empowering notes.
Instead of going the traditional route, Ryan Tedder and company took the opportunity to give "I Lived" a real message with its music video by using their single to share Bryan Warnecke's story. Bryan's been living with cystic fibrosis, a disease that ravages his lungs and makes it feel like he's "breathing through a straw," for fifteen years. The disease is merciless, and the life expectancy for someone suffering from it hovers around the unforgiving age of 36. It's terrifying and heartbreaking, but it's not getting in Bryan's way as he continues to do the things he loves, like cycling (while raising funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis research) and other athletics.
"I Lived" follows the life of Bryan, with clips from home videos and footage of Bryan riding his bike woven throughout the arc of the song. Bryan's from Colorado, and the song comes to a climax when OneRepublic takes the stage at the state's adored venue Red Rocks to perform the uplifting tune. Thoughts of Bryan's are brought into the mix as well, and the message of both "I Lived" and Bryan's story can be summed up with his statement: "I want to make the most out of my life and have as most fun as I possibly can. My biggest fear is not being able to do that."
It's inspiring to see Bryan give that fear a run for its money. Watch "I Lived" above.