A Lesson from my Brother

 

We are human.  We have human experiences.  We experience heartache.  Sometimes we don’t reach our goals exactly when we want them.  Sometimes, we have to adjust our goals because they end up not being what we want.  We stumble. We fall.

This past weekend, my family and I went to Nashville to watch my younger brother run in the SEC Championships (I’m about to brag on him, so be prepared and read it all).  I honestly think my brother is the most amazing/fastest person in the world.  I will tell any and everyone how proud I am of him and how hard he works.  Almost everything he does is related to track in some way.  He’s one of my role models, if I could be half as dedicated as he is, I would be a totally different person.  He’s super annoying but if I had anyone else as a little brother, I would be very upset. It’s so cool that there is literally only one person that’s came from the same place that I did and we’re so different.

But anyway, he runs the 800 and during his race….he tripped and fell.  Now keep in mind, this is the second most important meet of the indoor track season.  He made it to the finals and then tripped and fell in the middle of the race.  It was heartbreaking because The Four Legs (that’s what I call my immediate family, my mom, dad, brother and I) know how hard he works on a daily basis.  This young man probably runs 800 miles a week.  I may be exaggerating, but I feel like it’s the truth.  But even though he fell, he got back up and finished the race.  He could have walked off the track.  He could have caused a scene due to his frustration.  But he didn’t.  He finished.  And even now, he’s still running hundreds of miles, vigorously training and doing his best.

I used to think that I couldn’t learn anything from my brother because he is younger then I am.  However, I’ve recently realized how foolish that truly is.  This weekend, my little brother taught me that even if you trip, stumble, fall and even lay there for a minute, you have to get back up, continue with your race and finish.  And right now, this lesson is so relevant to my life.

I’ve hit my plateau with my weight loss journey.  I’ve lost around 75 pounds and that’s great.  But I still have other goals that I’ve been want to obtain.  Sometimes, I don’t eat the right things and sometimes I do everything perfectly and I still don’t lose the weight I want.  But just because I stumble, doesn’t mean that I should stop.  I just have to get back on track and keep pushing.

In my personal life, I’ve been struggling with deciding who I want to be when I grow up.  But my parents remind me that I’m still young and I still have time to figure it out.  I can try things and if I don’t like it, try something else.  Just because things don’t work out during the first try doesn’t mean I should stop searching for who I am.

So to my hardworking and determined younger brother Rashad, thank you so much.  You probably don’t know how much you’ve helped me.  You’re amazing.  Don’t be discouraged.  You have such a bright future and I’m so excited for everything that God is going to bless you with. You lit baby brother.

If you’re going through something or something isn’t happening as fast as you would like it, don’t give up.  Keep pushing.  God sees hard work and He rewards it. Continue to learn and grow.  Continue to drink water and make healthy choices.

I was watching a speaker talk at one of our personal growth events yesterday at work and there was a speaker that said something that touched my spirit.  He said, “Life happens for us, not to us”.  That’s my new motto for 2017.  Everything happens for a reason.   You are where you are because you’re supposed to be there.  Even if you’re not quite sure of your plan, God is.  Trust Him.

Keep up the good work!

-Alex

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