As a kid, I was so intrigued by life. Its ups and downs. Its challenges. I wanted to conquer anything I put my mind to. Whether it was baseball or basketball, I wanted to be my best. When life threw me some pretty big curves as a kid, like my father and one of my older sisters passing, I had to quickly learn to not settle in my setbacks if I was going to meet the challenges I so eagerly wanted to conquer. As I got older, life got harder. The more successful I got, the more setbacks I faced. Some of them I stood strong through and some I failed through, but all of them I learned through.
What I’ve learned about life is the that it’s a journey and wisdom comes to those who learn from their setbacks. I’ve committed to a life that not only focuses on entering my comebacks, but teaching others to learn from their setbacks and enter their comebacks. Failing forward.
Our birthdays have a way of putting into perspective how far we have gone in a year. I think about all the people I have been blessed to lead into their comebacks, whether it was the kids in South Africa, the couple in Texas, the grandma in Florida, or the celebrities in Hollywood. I am blessed, because I have learned to be a blessing to others. I am blessed because I am learning to serve and not be served. I am blessed because I listen to my mom, two sisters, and trusted confidants who encourage me when things get rough, to push through, learn and gain wisdom from my setbacks.
I look forward to another year.