I probably should be writing about something controversial. Something about America and its downfall or something about our history and not repeating itself. However, I personally think if you’ve been surfing the web, listening to the radio, or watching the news you’ve probably had enough “doom and gloom” for the week.
I’m not trying to take away from anything going on in the world today, lives are changing constantly, but when all you see is sadness, hate, and pain, it’s important to look for the sun even on the darkest of days. July 3rd my parents would have celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. Most couples would enjoy a day on the beach, fishing in the sea, or eating a candle-lit dinner reminiscing about the many years of life and love. If this were 15 years ago, you would see me walking down the sidewalk with a big bouquet of roses and a balloon headed to meet my dad and give him mom’s present. He always forgot the day, but never forgot to buy a gift, and only a man who has been married for many, many years would understand what I’m talking about. But time changes things and nothing stays the same, now the fifteen year old that would run around with her dad’s credit card buying gifts is a woman placing flowers on her dad’s grave as her mother grieves another year without her love. Continue reading “The Lucky One”
Thomas Jefferson once said, “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend”. One of the forefathers of the United States knew what so many refuse to realize today, it is our differences that make us human and it is the acceptance of these differences that make us American. Continue reading “Intolerance Fails Us All”
Jim Valvano said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me”. I feel I could have said those words myself, because the greatest gift my dad ever gave me wasn’t the hundreds of tops, jeans, and skirts; it wasn’t the afternoon throwing and pitching softballs to me; and it wasn’t even teaching me the valuable aspect of “don’t look at the speedometer, just drive the speed you feel comfortable at”. No, even though all these brought joy, happiness, and smiles, the most valuable thing my dad ever gave me was loving me more than anybody else in this world. Continue reading “The Good Men”
American educator and president of George Washington University in the 1920’s William Lewis Moore once wrote, “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it”. I’ve lived life for 29 years, a life that I was blessed with because the doctors always said I wouldn’t have it. It’s a life that most wouldn’t want which includes doctors’ visits, very tired moments, and daily medications, but it’s my life and as crazy as it sounds I am so grateful for this blessed life. Continue reading “You May Die But Don’t Rust”
It has been said to that one should never be defined by your past; it was a lesson, not a life sentence. However, we as human beings seem to allow the past to hold onto us like a ghost, tagging along with us everywhere we go. Continue reading “Don’t Let Your Struggle Become Your Identity”
Vince Lombardi once said “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner”. In the past weeks, I’ve heard crying tongues whine about the world doing them wrong for numerous reasons. They need more money, they want an easier job, and the world is just so unfair. Now I’m the worst person to come to with “poor, poor, pitiful me”. It’s because when somebody says the world owes them, I can’t help but say the world doesn’t owe you anything. You were born, you are alive first off and if you’re an American, no matter ethnicity, class, or religion you were given at birth, you have the ability to change anything and everything about your life. You can go from living on the streets to in a million dollar mansion. You can be raised by screaming parents and give your children the most joyous childhood. You can have whatever life you choose, but YOU have to work to achieve it. YOU have to make sacrifices and YOU have to choose to never let life knock you down.
Eric Thomas said it best “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful”. It is a choice and a determination to succeed. It’s deciding that no matter what life throws at you, you will continue on. It’s choosing to work 24 straight hours to accomplish a project or ace a test, it’s running that extra mile even though your whole body is aching, it’s turning around and telling everybody in the world who says you can’t to “watch me!” as you succeed. Success and a good life aren’t given to anybody. Yes sometimes the road seems easier (from the outside) for somebody raised with a certain last name, born into a certain amount of wealth, or just given certain opportunities. However all the money, fame, and opportunities in the world will not make you succeed if you’re not determined.
One of the most famous men in the world was knocked down time and time again. Walter Elias Disney was raised by two very poor parents with four other siblings. Walt Disney didn’t just immediately become a success, he tried for many years. He even developed a very famous character in the 1920’s named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for produces Charles Mintz. A character the producer stole before firing Disney. On the train ride home, after having his creation stolen and the world knocking him down, Walt Disney drew the first image of Mickey Mouse. Now the most famous and notable cartoon character in history. Moral of the story, life knocked the tar out of Walt Disney but he got back up and handed life – Mickey Mouse and the rest is history. Life knocks everybody down. It drops them to their knees, but it’s what you choose to do with it that will determine your life. Will you cry or will you fight?
Alabama University Softball Coach Patrick Murphy once said “Uncoachable kids become unemployable adults. Let your kids get used to someone being tough on them. It’s life, get over it”. In today’s world being offended or having your feelings hurt is the “end of the world” to so many. There is no longer competition in the fear that somebody will be upset when they don’t win, there is no longer prayer in public in fear that somebody of a different religion will be offended, and the biggest fear of all seems to be somebody having an opinion. Continue reading “Learn To Strike Out”