Do you like Backstreet Boys Signature shirt? People were all so stressed that no one felt appreciated. Working long, dreadful hours with little productivity to make you feel fulfilled. And then getting paid an amount that didn’t quite add up to the energy you gave to the job during that month. 2 years ago, If someone walked up and told me it’s possible to take control of my life with only an internet connection, laptop, and an iPhone I would have scoffed at the idea. I would have walked away and continue believing I need to continue to listen to what society tells me.
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Before we go any further and I get into the meat of HOW I walked away form the Medical Industry, let me introduce myself in a bit more detail. I was raised in small town, Georgia USA. I grew up with an all obese family. And I was taught that food was love. This came from my family all being miserable with their day-jobs and their life. Food was the only thing they could completely control. So they ate whatever, whenever. RAISED those endorphins! I was the ‘odd ball’ of the family. I have an artist brain… had ideas and a big OPEN mind. And I needed to do something in life, something bigger than myself. I loved talking about life and new ideas and helping others. But I only had deaf ears around me. I was not alone but very much lonely.
I knew at a young age I disliked what life had done to my parents and I set out to be the one to make the change in the bloodline. After many years of emotional abuse at school and at home for being overweight, shy, ‘lazy’, useless, stupid, so on and so on, I decided I had enough of naysayers. At the age of 23, I put my foot down and cut out all of the noise coming from others. Always love Backstreet Boys. I allowed the gym to become my therapy and lost all my weight. This sparked a new version of myself. A version that BELIEVED in himself! I was unstoppable. My confidence grew as my pounds dropped. The mindset that came from exercise reshaped my entire outlook on life. So I joined the Navy.
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Remember, I said I wanted to do something bigger than myself…so being a Navy Submariner was this for me. I was 25 in bootcamp and was called “the old man” in my division. But my mind was SHARP from my taking control of my life. I outlasted everyone during our grueling exercise sessions. And people started asking me how I never give up. “It’s all in the mind.” When you believe in yourself and have nothing to lose but much to GAIN, you can soar above anything! And sometimes this takes hitting rock bottom in order to do. Thats what fueled me. I was stuck, held down, mentally abused, unappreciated, and completely alone before I found my “clicking” moment.