Free To Be
July 7th, 2014
The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I even cheat on my diet for it! Well deserved, I feasted the entire weekend! Freedom is essentially what gives me pride and hope. In this country we have no limits. If you want something you don’t have, you are free to work hard for it. I don’t mind working hard. I’ve been on the grind my entire life and love it. Freedom gives me hope. Optimus Prime says “There are many mysteries of the universe but who we are and why we are here isn’t one of them.” Every day is an opportunity to fulfill your destiny.
Last week was full of training clients and myself, guest speaking at basketball camps, reaching out to potential sponsors, and experimenting with a group training in Doral called Ballerrobics. I put my all into everything and got out what I put in. Life is fair that way as long as you don’t give up. There is no reward for quitters.
After a week of hustling I was ready to celebrate the weekend. Sponge came home to visit! If you don’t know, Sponge is a 6’9″ basketball player at West Virginia University. More than that he is like a son to me. Eight years ago he walked into a basketball gym where I was holding tryouts for an AAU team. He was a tall, lanky, eight grader, and had a cast on his hand that looked as if it weighed more than him. After giving him rides back and forth from his aunt’s house in the tough inner city to practice, we got to know and trust each other and it wasn’t before long until he asked if he could live with me.
I took care of Sponge throughout high school. He slept on the couch in my apartment every night to be woken up at 5:00am for his first workout of the day. That was my biggest rule. If he was going to live with me I was going to be sure he worked hard. I wanted him to not only learn the game of basketball but how to be disciplined. I always told him that if he continued to train like it was his job, eventually one day it would be. He sees that more than ever now. This year at West Virginia he has an opportunity to showcase all of his talents. I’m so proud of him. He’s on pace to graduate too. The obstacles he overcame to be in the position he’s in now is proof that if you don’t give up you will eventually win. Sponge is a winner!