Life is a journey; there are many winding paths. Every path we choose to go down leads us to the opening of a new chapter in life. But what motivates us to continue down the paths we have chosen? We face many obstacles with the turning of each page. The way we approach these obstacles that are thrown our way helps to determine our drive for success. When the average person would throw in the towel do you push on or cave in? When the going gets tough, and you feel as though no one is there for you, do you give up, or do you keep on going? These little obstacles in life that mentally challenge us can either make us stronger or destroy us. Success is all about how we go about approaching the challenges thrown in front of us in life.
I personally have been thrown many obstacles. The first major obstacle that came into my life at the age of eleven, I was rushed into the emergency room after a tonsillectomy complication. I spent weeks eating Honeybuns, pudding, and Ensure while lying around on the couch trying to get my weight back up. The school year began shortly after and I was faced with the decision of taking the season off of cross country or sucking it up and getting back into shape. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance. Every step I took, as painful as it was, I knew was going to get me one step closer to my goal of becoming a runner again. Over the weeks I got stronger and became the runner I used to be.
Over the years I have kept this type of all or nothing work ethic. At the age of fifteen I trained for four weeks for a 13.1 mile race and came out with a time of 1hr. 52 min. on the day of the event placing first for my age group. My work ethic outside of athletics is just as strong I took my senior year off of sports to work on saving up enough money to pay for college so I wouldn’t have to take out loans. There were a lot of sacrifices made to be able to work maximum hours, but so far it has paid off. All of the sacrificing allowed me to attend Eastern Michigan University where I met my coach CJ Jackson, who helped prepare for my first physique competition, and is now getting me ready to hit the stage at Jr.Nationals. Everything has seemed to fall in place this far.
If there was one thing I could tell fellow athletes and citizens alike is don’t be afraid of your dreams no matter how big or small. If something has crossed your mind it is possible. All you need to do is get your foot in the doorway and push on.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013