Some of us complain about walking to the bus stop in the snow; some complain on a hot summer’s day, but from Nick Shortridge, who is paralyzed from the chest down, you hear no complaints.
In fact, the Facebook user, and now personality who has taken social media by storm in the last few days, is running his own YouTube channel devoted to inspiring people by showcasing his passion for truck driving despite his injury.
It started on March 29, when Shortridge posted the brief clip after requesting his wife, Vimary, film his daily process of getting into his work truck.
The video, which can be seen below, has generated a massive response on Facebook. Shared by Discovery TV personality Mike Rowe, Shortridge’s video has already reached more than 8 million page views—and is still climbing.
Users have been submitting the video to Ellen Degeneres’ personal “ellentube,” hoping that the suggestions can land Shortridge onto ‘The Ellen Show.’
Me getting into my dump truck.
Posted by Nick Shortridge on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
On YouTube, the Ohio-native details the account of his injury, as well as his creation and passion for his excavation job:
“In 2009 i fell 50 ft from a tree (tree trimmer by trade) and was paralyzed from my chest down (T9 complete) after my 3 month stay in the hospital i switched up my profession. i started a excavation business. this video was taken to show people how i transfer from my wheelchair to my dump truck. i hope to inspire as many people as i can to get out and try to do what they love. My wife filmed this in the morning before going to work. We did this video to motivate and also to show how a spinal cord patient transfers to a vehicle, in this case a big dumptruck.”
His minute-and-a-half long video has prompted thousands of shares, and hundreds of thousands of comments. Outside of the Mike Rowe and Ellen Degeneres pages, dozens of other motivational pages have shared his video.
And beyond shares, hundreds of users have begun posting on his page, saying things like:
“Feel like skipping work today? Don’t even bother to get a job? Well, this is for those of who refuse earn their livin! My friend Nick is determined to keep on keepin on!! You rock, Nick!!”
“Pretty impressive how people can overcome adversity! I’m proud to say I went to high school with Nick Shortridge!”
“Nick Shortridge. You are an Inspiration to everyone. You are Simply Amazing.”
“My newest facebook friend and inspiration! Thank you Nick Shortridge!”
“If Nick Shortridge can do hard things, so can I, or anyone else. Thank you good sir.”
In his newly created public figure Facebook page, Shortridge writes:
“This has been designed to help inspire people that life is all in what you make it. I live by a quote that I wrote. My situation is your inspiration!”