Good morning and Happy Weekend! I hope that you had an amazing week. I did! And yes it was busy! 😂
Guys, I read about an incredible story on Twitter this week that I want to tell you about. However, I need to be completely honest. I don’t think I can capture the true essence, struggle, or determination of this person’s life. I think he is going to need to write a book about his life. I just know it will be such an inspiration to others, because it inspires me. So, here is my attempt to tell a little bit of his story.
Mr. Kelly was born into a harder childhood than any kid should have to face. I can’t even begin to list the unfortunate events that happen to him. Reading about his life, it seemed to be one hardship after another. I am not going to make a list of all of the struggles he had, that is his story to tell. But I will say what ever terrible circumstances you could imagine for a kid to face, Mr. Kelly faced. Halfway through his junior year of high school, he dropped out of school and joined the Marines. Now, at this point of the story, I would have not blamed Mr. Kelly one bit if he was mad, angry at life, bitter, and had a huge list of reasons why he had not done productive things, could you? However, his story does not end at this point! That is the important part of this blog! If you only get thing out of this blog, remember that! You get to write the ending for your story, because while you can’t control your circumstances, you can control your responses!
Mr. Kelly had a pretty serious accident happen to him, that he said changed it. It was painful! However, in order to recover, he started setting goals for himself. They were really hard, almost realistic goals, but you have probably figured out Mr. Kelly is one tough man. In the excerpt I read, he talked about getting ready for a 100 mile bike challenge on a borrowed bike. He said his legs hurt and there was no fanfare to congratulate him, but he did it! He conquered a situation that seemed impossible. That win, lead him to set more goals, and accomplish them time and time again. It is about at this point in the story that I start singing the “Rocky” theme song in my mind.
Anyway, Mr. Kelly ended earning his GED after boot camp, and his BA, his Masters, and doing work on his PhD. He is now teaching kids with learning disabilities.
Say it with me, “Wow!” I asked Mr. Kelly what advice he would give to people that are on their metaphorical 10th out of 100 miles. People that are tired, in pain and want to give up, what would he tell them? He said “Time passes with or without you. We truly only fail ourselves. I was comfortable being a failure for only so long. If you want something different, you have to change, not others.”
I am so inspired by his unbreakable spirit. I often say “you need to find a dream bigger than your excuses”. Mr. Kelly lives just that!
Have an amazing day and go play Acalympics !