I Lived Bitch refers to a quote from a text message containing a photograph of a man recovering in a hospital room and text message reading “I Lived Bitch.” Online, the phrase “I lived bitch” has come to describe overcoming a physical or emotional hardship.
In December 2014, Twitter user @lolcalista tweeted a photo of a text message exchange (shown below) underneath the caption “my stepdad had surgery this morning and he sent me this.” The account has since been closed and taken over by a new user. However, on December 4th, 2014, Twitter user @polarizangie rewtweeted the post.
On April 24th, 2016, the Instagram account @cohmedy posted the original @lolcalista tweet to receive more than 129,900 likes in the first year. Several months later, on December 30th, Twitter user @spliced_ posted a variation of @lolcalista’s tweet (shown below), posting the same picture but rewriting their tweet to read, “My dad, who has been in a coma for 3 months and presumed dead, texted me this.” The tweet received more than 137,800 retweets and 405,400 likes.
Several days later, on January 7th, 2017, Twitter user @mytomholland posted a variation on the meme, placing actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the image. They captioned a picture (shown below) of DiCaprio standup paddleboarding “my husband, who drowned in the ocean 3 years ago and presumed dead, texted me this.” The tweet received more than 16,000 retweets and 27,000 likes.
On February 3rd, 2017, the Twitter account @Knuckle_Echidna tweeted “I lived bitch” (shown below) and received more than 10,400 retweets and 13,600 likes in the first three months.