That’s my word for 2017. I have grown so much this year. It’s been a tough year no doubt but a lot of growth happened.
In this I found myself. I definitely regained who I am. With school going great and being able to relax a bit, I am floored at how far I have come.
Do you know a late bloomer? A late bloomer is a person whose abilities, talents and gifts surface later than most people’s do. A person who has grown into a completely different person than who he/she was in high school. Take for instance someone you may know from high school. That one guy or gal who has revolutionized their lives (maybe even yours) and has staked their claim on the golden path to prosperity (whatever that may be for them). A few notable late bloomers:
Kurt Warner, NFL Quarterback. This late-bloomer debuted for the then St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles Rams) at the age of 27. He went on to win a Super Bowl, almost won two more.
Brian Dennehy, actor. He started his acting career at the age of 38, after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He has gone on to star in major motion pictures, direct, even star in Broadway shows.
Harland Sanders, Entrepreneur. Everyone knows KFC. Colonel Sanders founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken company at 65, and went on to become a multimillionaire. Everyone knows what “Visiting the Colonel” signifies. The business concept was brand new for him as an older person, but he had been cooking for most of his life. As a young man, he worked in a variety of jobs that had nothing to do with cooking–farmer, steamboat pilot, and insurance salesman. When he hit forty, he opened a service station and starting selling chicken dinners to his customers–developing his pressure frying method over a number of years. Eventually, he opened a popular restaurant. If they hadn’t built Interstate 75, which took the traffic away from his business, he might have remained a local legend only. But he knew how to make lemonade out of lemons (if not lemon chicken), and started the franchise business, which we know and LOVE today.
What I am saying here with these examples is no matter where you are in life… don’t quit. You just may be on the cusp of changing the world. These three people did in their own way. Following your dreams no matter what is what life is all about. Some take a while to fully bloom and show what they are, but they’re there. Next time you see a late-bloomer… don’t judge them. They just may be the one who will revolutionize your life.
In my life, I have noticed a few constants. PAIN is definitely one constant companion. From loneliness, to physical pain, to mental strain… I know about pain. I do know this though- pain is an excellent teacher. Pain teaches you things you cannot learn in any classroom, anywhere. Pain is a conduit that will propel some to greatness, and bury others. The point I’m getting at is simply that we all go through hard times. Now some are harder than others and I get it if you want to vent, cry, whatever… do what you have to do. But don’t you ever quit. THIS LIFE… NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE. NOBODY GETS OUT CLEAN. There is a price to pay for everything. People don’t realize that at the beginning.
New development… I have been studying, looking around. I am ready to get somewhere. I am already a personal trainer… now I am adding public speaker and my Life Coaching cert will definitely help in this. I want to thank all of you who have been patient with me… I know it does look like I am not doing anything… obviously that’s not the case. Thanks again.
I recently got told (and get told every so often) that I can be very intimidating. I laugh (because to me it is somewhat funny) yet I wonder… if I were like the guy I once was, super-duper nice, didn’t defend himself, all the traits that people-pleasers show… well, people would STILL try to crap all over me. I recently read about a boy in Texas who was beaten in class, as the teacher and students watched. He allowed some kid to pummel him in front of the world, and he didn’t even lift his arms to defend himself. In my eyes, it’s shameful to see kids be taught to be wusses and crybabies instead of teaching kids to be smart, assertive, independent, etc.
I remember always being deemed “controversial”, “loud”, “outspoken”. I used to try and fight that. Now, I embrace it. It feels good to be the villain in certain situations. By no means am I one to ever start any sort of confrontation. You can rest assured that I will be heard, and I will finish any type of altercation.
What do people say about you?
Finally, after much deliberation, procrastination… my book, Imminent Reaping has hit Amazon and Kindle. Imminent Reaping, my first book, is a 45-page short story for now. I am writing this up to a 300-page masterpiece. I hope you all like it, I hope it sells. Anyway, that’s all for now.
I recently gave a speech for our local National Guard unit. I was speaking on toughness, or as the Army calls it, resiliency. In my view… toughness is something that has to be developed. Merriam-Webster’s calls resiliency “the ability to rise above adversity”. How many of you consider yourselves to be tough, or resilient? How many of you honestly can look down at your life and say unecquivocally that you have that trait? In my eyes, we all have it, but in varying degrees. In my case, I had to grow into this. It was painful and took almost 35 years. This is something near and dear to me. I love seeing people “get over”. I am all about “putting people over”. Toughness is a whole hell of a lot more than using curse words, talking loud and being overbearing. Some of the toughest people I ever met were under 5 feet tall, under 100 pounds.
I am sure a lot of you are reminiscing by now, looking at your body, looking at the tattoos, the scars, memories. If you grew up in my era (late 1990s/early 2000s), you can attest to a shift in the overall consciousness of Americans.Seems to be a less confident, less resilient people now. More groupthink, less “rugged individualism”. More victimhood rather than a “can-do” spirit. I will leave you all with this: Do not be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to be hurt. Never fear anything.