Deep down, it’s there.
You’ll find it in the dark recesses of your mind. The place you avoid, for fear of the voices. The faint whispers, that with a beckon, send shivers down your spine. It’s easy to deny access to this forbidden cave of memory. But that is often where inspiration dwells.
Pain, created by our experiences should be embraced rather than suppressed.
I watched my sister suffer for 7 years before she lost her battle to liver disease. For years she was unable to live a healthy life. During that time I lied to myself, saying she was fine and suppressing the truth of the matter.
One of the last phone calls I had with my sister, she reminded me of a dream. She was telling me how great I would be at it, if I attempted. Yet, I had made excuse after excuse to avoid making an attempt. There I sat, a fully capable human being in excellent physical and mental condition making excuses.
After that phone call, I finally got it.
I realized the mind will tell you to hit that snooze button, eat that chocolate bar, go to that party. But when your “why” is greater than yourself, it gives accountability to your actions. You start getting out of bed earlier, you start eating cleaner, and you start spending your time working towards your dreams.
I couldn’t summon the courage to do it for myself. So I chase my dreams for the people who are unable to chase theirs, who never got the chance, whose life was cut short. For my sister.
Because this is something I must do. I am of able body and mind. What a waste it would be for me to go through life without knowing what I could accomplish.
I keep motivated by venturing into that eerie cave of memories and shouting ‘Here I am!’
I let the voices slowly whisper my pains. A thousand hisses reminding me of my failures. Of the scars. Of the loved ones I’ve lost.
They tell me to give up…That it’s easier that way…
But I just look up and remind the voices of who I am now. That I’m a different creation.
That I am not afraid to fail anymore.
Then I adopt the pain. I embrace it. I use it to push myself.
Because I know it’s true what Eric Thomas said in the video
If you’re going to be a champion, you need to do what champions do.
I challenge you to do the same.
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