I was given way more than I deserved as a youth. Most of it, I ended up squandering. I was selfish and irresponsible and didn’t know that often the most valuable rewards come from the most valuable work.

When things come easy, there is a tendency to take them for granted and not show the appropriate appreciation or gratitude.

Getting out of shape was easy, getting back in not so much. I am truly enjoying this journey, because it is hard and takes a tremendous amount of discipline. I will never forget where I came from, never forget this journey, and never go back to the way I was.

My own suffering in life I can deal with. It is my burden to bear, and I am just thankful to have the gift of life. The hard part is seeing those that I love suffering and knowing there is very little I can do to help. Those loved ones are truly dear to me and have great value.

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