I was going through life in the manner in which I knew. I was striving to become my best. I came from nothing in life and felt a burden on me to accomplish everything I set out to achieve. I didn’t want to have children born into the environment in which i grew up. Never having a blueprint to follow, therefore, I became the blueprint.
Filled with much ambition as my journey had already started and the next thing I knew someone hit me with a brick. I began to stumble but I continued on my way. I could see my destination straight ahead and there it was another brick and I fail to my knees not understanding what was going on.
I crawled until I was able to stand again. Once back on my feet I started to wonder why bricks were being thrown at me? I knew for sure I wasn’t doing anything to cause this type of experience. I regained my focus to continue on my journey. Before I knew it, I was extremely close to my destination. I saw it and excitement rushed through every fiber of my being.
With my adrenaline pumping I picked up the pace and moved like I had never moved in my life. Everything I dreamed and prayed for was within my grasp and out of nowhere, I got hit with multiple bricks all at once. I immediately fail to the floor. Head bloodied, arms and legs broken. My vision became blurred in that moment from the brick that hit me square in the face.
While on the ground I knew I couldn’t take any more bricks. The bruises and the pain were so bad that I knew I was finished. I closed my eyes and thought of every brick thrown at me. Can I tell you a bout these bricks? Thank you.
These are the bricks that were hitting me.
Brick of: doubt, fear, my past, my mistakes, my relationship, my marriage, my business, my teacher, my peer’s, people saying I’m ugly, I’m too fat, I’m too dark, I’m too skinny, I don’t have the proper education, low self-esteem, rejection, failure, no support, depression, anxiety, it's too late, incarceration, molestation, anger, rape etc.
Yep, simply put THE BRICK OF LIFE hit me and it hit me hard. While lying on the ground I went through every brick and each emotion that was tied to it. I cried and asked God to take me. I felt alone and that nobody understood. Why was I hit with life this way? I did not ask to be here. Every time I try, I seem to get knock right back down. So I asked, what’s the purpose?
Then THE BRICK OF PURPOSE hit me. Everything became so clear. The bricks that were thrown were giving me the foundation I needed to stand on. With each brick I stepped higher than before. I began to realize the bricks weren’t thrown to break me but to build me. What I had to do was change my perspective. In order for me to change my perspective I had to change my mind and when I changed my mind I became a completely different person.
Therefore, I picked myself up off the ground. I was still bleeding and bruised but I had a new determination. My environment didn’t change but I changed while in the same environment. People were still talking about me but I grabbed that brick and placed it under my feet. Doubt and my past threw brick after brick and I placed them under my feet as well. What once use to hurt me became the tools that helped me.
P.S. Take this story as a lesson to NEVER GIVE UP! Don’t live to feel sorry for yourself or blame people for what you can't accomplish your goals and dreams. Allow adversity to become your opportunity that betters your life. The most extraordinary people had some suffer an Extra-Ordinary process. Change your mind for the better and you will change your life for the better. Allow those bricks to become your foundation!