It's not about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
John C. Maxwell
During 2005 and 2008 I encountered as many or more changes to my life than all previous years combined. I returned to school and moved from an hourly employee to a supervisory position and then changed schools. I was divorced and moved into my own apartment for the first time in my life. It was time to really learn who I was and try to determine what my purpose was for being here. I came to realize that I had never been on my own before in my life. I did not get it then but I realize now that; things that excite you while scaring the hell out of you are the things you need to go after. If you get to a fork in the road take it, if you go the wrong way you turn around and take the right one. If you just stop until you are sure which way is correct, it might be too late. For the longest time I would not do anything until I knew the outcome. I am getting better at finding out along the way what I can do and what is worth taking risks on. I plan to expand on this from now on, going forward on the words of Mahatma Gandhi and “live like you were to die tomorrow but learn like you were to live forever.”
I had found a purpose and direction while attending
; I was going to
be a sign language interpreter. Until I was one week away from having my last
final of my prerequisite classes completed and found out that since the
director retired they were not going to accept any new students that fall. This
caused a slight tailspin and I was forced once again to step back and regroup.
Then one day out driving around listening to music where I did my best thinking
it came to me. Considering the weight I lost and armed with some knowledge of
basic nutrition, weight control and exercise, I wanted to focus on helping
people reach and live a better quality of life. I spent the next sixteen months
earning a degree and becoming a certified personal trainer. This is where I met
one of the most influential people in my new life that started out as an
instructor and became one of my best and most trusted friends and confidants. I
was determined to expand on what I had been able to learn on my own and use my
new found knowledge to change lives. You
may have noticed that I refer to the extra weight as “the weight” not my
weight, just like I was taught to not take ownership of the high blood pressure.
If you take ownership of something you make it personal and part of you, not a
situation needing to be dealt with. Once it becomes part of you even if it is
hurting you, it makes it harder to deal with and part with. Maplewoods