If you’re ever feeling sorry for yourself, here’s a little video pick-me-up to smack you out of your funk. It’s part of a what looks to be a new media campaign by Dutch retailer Perry Sport that features Tommy Carroll, a young skater from Illinois who went blind at the age of two after cancer in his retinas was caught too late. The video shows him using only the sound of his wheels to glide through a skate park in the early morning. When he falls, he just gets back up again, perhaps teaching the rest of us a lesson about persevering when life gets tough, because most of us, let’s be honest, don’t have it as tough as Carroll. “Falling is a skill you get good at, just the same as getting good as the sport itself,” he said in the video.
Apparently, the kid can also play the recorder, piano, guitar, and drums, and had his own radio show while he was in high school, where he had a 4.6 GPA by the time he was a junior, according to the Chicago Tribune. Today he’s a sophomore journalism major at Northwestern University, according to The Post Game.
Click play below–and never complain about life’s trivialities again.
If you’re interested in learning more about Carroll, here’s a video of him being interviewed by famed skater Tony Hawk.