There are moments in life where you realize that maybe your priorities are messed up. The daily grind starts to replace the meaningful purpose of inspiration. Your dreams get brushed aside for the more mundane tasks that surviving requires.
Then something shakes you out of that hypnotic state. Something awakens the dream. Something reminds you of what is most important. That something then reinvigorates the meaningful purpose in your soul.
That is how I am feeling today. My dream got a cup of coffee this weekend. My purpose became clear once again. My desire to make a difference just got a hit of smelling salts.
I was fortunate to be asked to be the head judge at the WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) Mr/Mrs Universe and Naturalmania contest on Saturday. I got to sit at the judging table and watch over a hundred natural bodybuilding athletes display their hard work.
There are two reasons why this was so inspiring. The first is pretty obvious. Watching these athletes compete and hearing their stories about how they overcame adversity is as motivational a feeling as one can have.
Secondly, thirteen years ago, on this very same stage, I earned my WNBF Pro Card by winning the Bantamweight Class at this very show. It was one of the greatest days of my life. Years of hard work and sacrifice finally came to fruition. I was transported back in time, to that moment. It felt as real as it did that day thirteen years ago.
But there is more about that weekend(13 years ago) that was dredged up from my emotional footlocker. My wife, Michelle, and I went to Ground Zero the day after the show back in 2003. The area was fenced off. It was still just a big, gaping hole in the ground. There were still signs of the devastation to the surrounding building that survived.
Michelle and I stood over the carnage and held back tears. No words were spoken for the half hour we stood there. No words were spoken in the cab ride back to the hotel. It was emotionally overwhelming.
That feeling reared its head this weekend as well. My hotel room overlooked Ground Zero (reference the picture above). I was overcome with emotion when I opened the curtains to my hotel room and realized where I was.
These events had me sleepless last night. Not in a bad way, but in a hopeful way. My mind raced with hope and urgency and life! I couldn’t wait to get about the business of becoming who I really wanted to be. I created a new checklist of “To Do” activities that will point me in that direction. I re-evaluated the path I have been following recently and I vowed to make corrections.
I was reminded that life is short. I was reminded that I need to focus on the important things. I was reminded that love makes the world go around. I was reminded how fortunate I am to have my family and friends. And I was reminded that in order to leave my mark on this world I need to step up my game, avoid distractions and utilize the gifts I have been given.
Today is a good day. Take advantage of it. Chase your bliss. Everyone deserves happiness. Peace.