I remember a day in elementary school where we were supposed to let everyone know what we wanted to be one day.
I remember where I sat in class and I remember taking the sheet of paper and writing something down, but I have no idea what it was that I wanted to be.
Then one sunny afternoon while I was swimming in a pool my Aunt had asked me what I wanted to do one day.
This time I clearly remember, and my answer to that question was, “I want to be a bodybuilder.”
She said to me, “Yea, but you can't make a living doing that.”
I didn't say that I wanted to make a living being a bodybuilder, I just said that I wanted to be a bodybuilder one day, regardless of how I made a living.
I think that was the beauty of being young and having dreams; nobody could take them from you and you hadn't lived enough life to have been beaten down and pessimistic about it.
Sometimes random thoughts about life will pop into my head.
I was swimming at the lake the other day and that memory had popped into my head.
I said to myself, “FUCK YEA!!!
DUDE…YOU'RE STILL DOING IT, YOU'RE STILL BODYBUILDING!”
Sure, you aren't going to the gym like it's your job and you aren't a pro or anything, but damnit you never fucking quit!
You see, I never really had a clear vision of what I wanted my life to be like outside of being a bodybuilder.
I never really looked at life as these specific benchmarks I had to hit in order to feel like I made it.
I just always stayed in the gym and as much as life's bullshit tried to derail me from living my dream, I just never let it.
Rain, shine, good days or bad days, the gym was always my home. It was always the place that I worked out my problems and put the best I had back into myself.
You could take everything away from me including the clothes on my back, but I'm going to keep plugging away because I have the gym on my side!
You see, I understand that it's important to have goals and to continue moving forward.
But I also understand that we can lose ourselves in this process sometimes, and I'm here to remind you not to lose yourself!
No matter what your passion in life may be you need to hold onto it and never let it go.
All the possessions in the world don't mean a fucking thing if you lose yourself in order to get them!
Don't ever stop living for yourself. Yes, it's important to provide and it's important to be responsible, but don't ever stop doing those things that made you the person that you once liked in this life.
Because at the end of the day it really doesn't matter what everyone else thinks about you. What matters is that you're doing exactly what it is that you want to be doing with your life.
For me this was so easy to figure out, but so hard to stick to year after year.
I always wanted to be a bodybuilder. A bodybuilder was good enough for me.
Sometimes all we need is one mental click and things just start happening for us.
Tomorrow is a new day, a new chance to be whatever it is that you want to be.
Go look in the mirror and ask yourself if you're ready to go after whatever it is that you want in life.
NOW GO EXECUTE!
TRAIN HARD, IN WHATEVER IT IS YOU WANT TO BE! -JD