This past Friday, Facebook reminded me of a pivotal moment in my past by hitting me with the picture below.
Some of you know this story, but for those that don’t, here’s the summary:
In my early 20’s I was a personal trainer and self-medicating partier.
Blackout drunk 4+ nights per week, completely out of control.
This went on for a couple years. I thought I was just having fun. Hindsight tells me I was escaping reality, running from myself, ditching my responsibility as a man and a human.
It came to a head one night after a couple pieces of bad news from back home.
I got blackout drunk, got in my tiny Hyundai Tiburon, and got on the highway with the pedal to the floor.
I hit a guardrail, rolled the car over multiple times, and ended up on my roof.
Not only did I not die. I didn’t even get injured. To this day I can’t fathom how that’s possible based on the condition of the car.
The next day I got fired from my job (hey, I would have fired me too).
And I’m officially at the lowest point of my life. Any confirmation I needed that I was a screw up, I had it in spades.
I spent the next year or so floundering, going nowhere.
Then my parents had the idea that I go to firefighting academy. So, I did. I came down to Texas for the first time and did the 3 month academy.
This was exactly what I needed. The structure, the challenges, the camaraderie, the discipline that was drilled into my head. I soaked it up, as if I was starving for it.
Though I worked as a firefighter for a few years after that, I didn’t pursue it long term.
Instead, I found my way back to where I’m meant to be (in fitness).
But this training academy was one of the most pivotal and most important times of my life.
I don't know where you're at right now. Whether you're in a tough spot, or if there are just a couple things you'd like to improve.
But the truth is, it doesn't matter how many pieces your life is currently in. It's mind-blowing how much can change with a simple, but dedicated decision.
And here's where the rubber meets the road...
Everybody wants to make a positive change or two.
Very few decide to make them.
(Be one of the rare few who does)