The Model Covered In Burns | Living Differently

The Model Covered In Burns | Living Differently


So many people stare at me
every single day,
every time I’m in public,
and that used to really get to me.
Like, after my accident,
it was so much worse than even
the physical burns
that I’d been through.
Now I try to look at everything with
a different perspective.
Why did I even survive?
Why didn’t I just die in the fire?
I questioned that all the time.
I was four years old
when I was burned,
and I was burned 95% of my body.
My arms, my torso, my legs.
And obviously, my face!
You couldn’t tell?
This is where the fire happened.
But it’s completely different
shed now, it was rebuilt.
I heard screaming,
so I ran outside.
That day brings back a lot
of different memories.
Feelings that are
difficult to deal with.
Stressful, panic, terrified.
I didn’t understand
until I was older,
when all of my trouble started
when I was 10 and 11.
Young boy,
you was a tender little boy.
We had to be careful touching you
for a long time.
It’s so weird, because in that other
picture, I’m climbing a tree.
And I remember what it was like to
have fingers and hold on to stuff.
I was becoming a teenager and
appearance started to matter to me,
and I started to realise that
I really don’t look normal.
I just started to really hate
what I looked like.
I felt like I was genuinely
a monster
and I shouldn’t have friends,
because everyone was scared of me
and I didn’t deserve them.
I kept all of this turmoil inside
of me for so long.
But it turned into anorexia, where
I just didn’t even want to take care
of my body any more,
where I just stopped eating.
I never realised
how selfish I was acting.
Obviously, I had a family that cared
about me, but I never realised it.
I realised that confidence
is a habit,
it’s not a personality trait.
It’s something you have to work at.
Instead of looking in the mirror
every day and seeing something
that I hated, I started
to see what I could enhance
and see what I could accept.
What helps me have more habits of
being confident
is adopting fashion and trying
to look presentable.
Because if I can feel good
about myself,
then I don’t really care what
someone else has to say about me.
This one was really awesome,
a lot of people replied about it.
So many of the comments, though,
make me smile a lot,
they really make my day awesome.
Morning!
I’m so excited, I could not wait,
this is unreal.
Looking good, Johnny,
looking good, buddy. Thanks.
I cannot wait to get this started.
It’s going to be a good time,
it’s going to be a lot of fun.
I’ve always wanted ears,
because I wanted to enhance myself.
People that have rare and severe
medical conditions,
they don’t really get
the help that they need.
And do you button those as well?
Yeah. OK.
Cos it’s like a turtleneck.
Oh, cool.
You look very gangster.
Courageous Faces Foundation makes
my dreams and passions seem like
they are reality. Things that I’ve
always wanted, they make attainable.
Johnny’s doing great today,
he’s having so much fun.
He wants to show people who he is
and that he’s just like
everybody else.
Hopefully this photo shoot
is doing that for him today.
I absolutely love it,
it feels so natural, honestly.
When I realised how confident
I could be,
then I was able to make friends.
I would describe John as someone
who’s very entertaining.
Very entertaining
and very energetic.
He’s got a great energy
and I love him.
He was very outgoing,
he liked to talk to people
all the time.
Hey, OK! Work it, John, work it!
Go, John! Go, John!
He’s definitely made me
more confident in myself,
because I see him over here doing
things that I’ve dreamed of doing,
and he’s over here being confident.
A lot of people just call them
a burn victim,
and I was totally a burn victim too.
Somebody who just let
their situation
take control over their life.
When you’re a burn survivor,
you’re just surviving.
But I like to call myself
a burn thriver now.
Because I’m actually thriving
in my burns.
There are still parts
that I feel insecure about,
but I know that everyone has scars
and mine’s not more
or meaningful than
anyone else’s type of scar.
Mine is just visible and I’m not
ashamed about it.
I want to be the person who changes
other people’s minds,
that they can be comfortable
in their own skin if I can be.

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100 thoughts on “The Model Covered In Burns | Living Differently

  1. This guy has a wonderful soul.
    I’ve followed him on Instagram for a while and had no idea they did a documentary on him, absolutely fantastic being able to watch his story here. He is just so brave and so admirable to watch! Love you loads Jadiant!! Xx.

  2. Don’t worry I’m not scared in fact I think you are a very nice person and believe me things happen to everyone every day accidents happen and don’t the people who are scared are just jealous and should never ever judge a book by its cover when I first saw this vid I was very very amazed that you are still in this world And survived that fire cause some people don’t survive fires and it happens but not all the time but it can and trust me the world loves you this is from the bottom of my heart you go show the work what you can do also you are very talented to I can’t even do a split but still you rock buddy

  3. Dear jhonny after ur wound closser did you get a pressure therepy for your scars ….plz find and reply me i hav a scald…

  4. "Confidence is a habit, not a personality trait." is honestly such an important thing to remember. I'm always so envious of people who come across as confident but I must remember that they have worked on their confidence just as I am working on mine.

    Confidence and self-love is beautiful and it warms my heart when people who have suffered and could have given up, but did not, preach and live with and by. They persevere and stay strong and continue to live a life that's worth while and I truly admire that.

  5. Hello Johnny your inner person makes you so beautiful, you are such a hero and brave beautiful young man, god bless you!

  6. I literally just saw this dude in chick fil a today, and now I'm seeing this in my feed… YouTube needs to chill on the cookies

  7. May God bless you hun and don't worry about what other people think of you you are God's child regardless God saved you because he loves you and he had better things for you and it wasn't your time to go and your parents would have missed you so much so that's why you're still here you just look different but you were still loved by everyone else and by God number one so God bless you and you stand and walk with your head up high

  8. I feel sad for BBC sorry I'm so sad😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😿😿😿😿😿😿😿😿😿😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  9. He’s not a monster, he’s just different in his own way.
    I was proud at him for surviving that fire!
    He shouldn’t be bullied, those bullies should’ve see how much pain Johnny has suffered from when he was in that fire, and all of that bullying! He has more body confidence than me! ❤️☺️

  10. You are a wonderful person, you didn't die because God didn't want you to die. I think you are looking good—-rEALLY!! sOME PEOPLE SO CALLED beautiful people are full of their selves, and who wants to be around those people! Keep going , never give up! you have many people who thinkthe world of you!

  11. This really put tears into my eyes seeing this, dont worry your beautiful in every single way always stay positive Jadiant i wish i could meet you one day you seem like such a nice guy with an amazing heart you didnt deserve anything of it much love from the uk <3

  12. My mom knew this guy who got burned from head to toe. He had gone into a small bathroom and sprayed a bunch of hair spray then lit a match. I can't remember how long he was in there but when he was discovered it had been long enough for the door knob to get hot enough to burn someones hand.

  13. You are so amazing!! I love your attitude, and it filled me with you much joy to hear about how you live life with so much confidence. You are truly an inspiration!! You survived to share your story with the world, and we’re all better for hearing it ♥️

  14. I genuinely think he looks really cool though. He looks different but not ugly at all in my opinion. Honestly he would be a really dope fashion model

  15. God didn't let you alive to enjoy all the pleasure that the world can give you.
    He let you live to seek for him, so you could gave him your life.
    Acts 2:38
    Blessings

  16. Such a great inspiration…. And most importanant thing that…. 'he love his self…. And love the way he is….. 'Lots of love from India…. 😍

  17. he's acc kind of cute, like im not even trying to sugar coat shit like he is low key cute. His personality is attractive as well lol

  18. 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😣😣😣😣😖😖😖😩😩😩🙁😠😤😤😤😤😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😤😢😢😢😭😭😭😭😢😢😭😭😭😢😢😭😖😖😣😣😢😢😢😭😭😖😣😢😭😭so sad 😢 I really cried for my first time crying

  19. You are so bless to be alive, take advantage of every single second of your life. You are without a doubt a very special person with an enormous heart. Best wishes❤️😎

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