Inspiration comes from all places.
Some people find inspiration through training for a race, aiming to accomplish an epic feat, or having a hero whose name is in lights and constantly on the stage for the world to watch.
A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with a woman who was interviewing me about my blog and why I do what I do. She wanted to know who my inspirations are and what inspires me to work as hard as I do in both the gym and life.
Most days I just get up and go. I don’t often ponder what keeps the inspiration alive in my soul.
- I paused and shuffled through my thoughts and heart for the answer.
I have an independent streak a mile wide and have been known to do things without paying much attention to what other people are doing. I have never been one to march to the beat of anyone’s drum, except my own.
There is no one I want to be other than myself.
Yet we all need heroes.
Heroes are people who redefine what is possible by living past what you previously deemed ‘impossible’.
My heroes are the men and women who faced the odds to become someone amazing when life didn’t come served on a silver platter. People who live out all of who they are for the full breadth and depth of their lives are my heroes.
I spent 18 years of my life living with one of my heroes.
Beyond all the obstacles she has faced, people she has loved, and lives she has changed; she is just plain inspiring.
- The woman never quits.
Since the first day I took a breath, she has reminded me that I have been made for a purpose and that I am the only woman who can fulfill my purpose on the earth all while she continued to live out her’s without turning to the left or the right.
My mom is the kind of woman that lights up a room when she walks in. Her discipline of joy, doing the heavy lifting in life without complaining, and continuing to grow in order to make an impact in the world reflects in who she has chosen to become.
Heroes choose to be great.
Greatness doesn’t just happen, it is a conscious choice that you have to build brick by brick, day by day. My mom continues to teach me this lesson through the way she lives and how she helps the people around her.
You are here now. Learn from the past, move forward, and choose to be great.
Who I am becoming is up to me.
- Find a hero. Be a hero. Empower a hero.