Dreams can deflate rather quickly because we realize that we are not capable of the long journey and process. I fail numerous times and continue too. Years ago I gave up and lost hope in my dream to inspire and empower people through a blog. Then I was given hope and renewal. I realized lives are at stake and my dream can contribute to others. Never let a dream die. Breathe life into your dream. I gave up on blog writing and chose to bring it back to life. Keep your dream alive whatever that is because God breathe's life into us daily.
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7
Below is my first blog post on tumblr around 4 years ago:
‘Finally, my last undergraduate year in athletic training at the University of West Florida has arrived. It has been a long journey, but every second of it has been meaningful and a worthwhile experience. The people I have met all have a significant positive influence in my life and I couldn’t be more appreciative.
My story begins at my prior junior college where I reached my high school dream to participate as a collegiate athlete. I wanted to maintain my career in baseball and eventually make it to the minor leagues, but I put too much pressure on myself. I’m sure we all do this from time to time. I went from being a fairly decent pitcher coming in relief and spot starting my freshman year to only having 3 appearances my sophomore year. Lost all confidence and belief in myself. Though don’t get me wrong it was a fun year with the team and we accomplished a lot. I just wish I could have contributed some more. That summer I had to redefine myself and find purpose in life.
Once I transferred to University of West Florida new doors opened with greater opportunities and all that came through the athletic training program. I realized that my new goal was to participate in an internship with a professional baseball team. Hard work, dedication, and networking are crucial here. Then after everything I got a call from the new team coming to Pensacola and was asked to participate in a PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Training Society) internship with the Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. If I was told that day after my final game in junior college I would of still have reached my goal to be in professional baseball, I would of laughed and just walked away.
Even though my path took a different route my dream was still achieved. That’s the point of life is to take a path toward your passion. You will hit bumps (adversities) and go through cracks (failures), but the key is to keep moving forward. Optimism, desire, and believing in oneself are a few ways to get around those bumps and cracks in the path. No one knows what is coming down our path or if we have to take another route, but we know what we can control in the path. We can control our mind set and ways to deal with objects placed in our way. Control what’s in your control and let the rest fall into place. Again, it doesn’t matter how to start it’s how we finish to reach that burning desire and passion.
We shall see what happens after this final academic year for me, but I’m looking forward to more bumps and cracks because that makes me realize I’m making progress on my path. Be appreciative of your path, embrace the bumps (adversities) and cracks (failures) along the way, and keep pushing forward toward your passion!’
Fast forward 4 years, I’m pursuing God’s will for me to proclaim transformation through faith and fitness. We all have potential and can become something more. Believe and you will receive. Continually trust the process and focus on your character development. We are created in the Image of God and his likeness, which means we can breathe into our lives and give life to our dreams and passions. Remember, we all have to start somewhere so start now.