Day (312) – Go the Distance
Posted on October 17, 2012
(Macklemore – Make the Money)
This is my job
I will not quit it,
Pulled me out of the depths when I thought I was finished,
That’s just the work, regardless of who’s listening,
Listen, see I was meant to be a warrior,
Fight something amongst me, leave here victorious,
See life’s a beautiful struggle, I record it,
Hope it helps you maneuvering through yours and,
That’s why we stay in the lab at night,
I’ve been staring into this pad for over half my life,
A true artist won’t be satisfied,
So I guess that’s the sacrifice,
And I say…
It has taken me a long time to realize exactly what walking across the stage meant to me when I graduated just a few months. In that moment, when I went up on stage, they called out my name, and I took those steps towards our school president handing out diplomas, there was nothing. No feeling. Nothing.
The next couple of months I sat in bewilderment. What do you mean nothing? And even though I wrote about the experience before, I didn’t pick up on how important that moment really was. I completely missed the fact that the lack of overwhelming emotions was actually a testament to everything I have been working on throughout the past couple of years.
Nothing. From nothing, we can create everything. It has been interesting putting this book together, because in having read it multiple times, I picked up on something that no one else could have. The book is split up into three major parts of my life. As you have read already, these splits were pretty significant. In the first, I was taught some of the finest lessons of purpose, heart and perseverance. In the second, my core was marked by Winston Churchill’s famous words, “Never, Never, Never Give In.”
And, as I walked across the stage, that moment was marked by something that I couldn’t see at the time. Passion. All of the events through my time at college helped build me into someone who could not only dream big and attack those goals fearlessly, but also love the people around him with soft word and open arms.
What was it I picked up on? Three major life events…three unbreakable core principles. Love. Passion. Never Quit. I learned that in ever major event of my life, I was taught something so incredibly important that it became part of me. It was tattooed on my heart and soul, and despite all of the pain and suffering involved with the event itself, something beautiful grew out of it. Going forward, I have everything I need at my core to stay true to myself and to be the man I want to be. Amazing
But how did the feeling of nothingness while walking across the stage teach you passion? As I sit here right now, and I look back at that time of my life, I was not taught passion, but I gave myself the permission to be as passionate and unrealistic as I wanted. To create everything out of that feeling of nothingness, and to reach for the stars. Sometimes, we have to get out of our own way in order to become who we truly wish to be.
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