In March my father ran 26.6 miles in the rock and roll run in D.C. This man is 51 years old, from The Bronx. In preparation for this run, he was so focused he would run everyday and even got emotional on some of his trainings. Hailing all the way from the concrete he decided he wanted to challenge himself.
Every Tuesday, my father knew the deal, we would call each other and catch up on how our week was. My dad usually confused his Tuesday and Thursday’s, so sometimes we would miss it. Just kidding. Every time I spoke to him, the energy he gave radiated through the phone. You could hear his growth and progress as an individual.
Whenever, we conversed it was always on a deeper level. Week by week, he would feed me information that left me in awe. His lessons were always on time. During his time of training he met a fellow New Yorker from Harlem who had been in the game doing the run every year. One day my father and the guy ( who we call OG) met up and at some point the guy told my father, “ I may stop but keep going.” All along my father’s plan was to keep on going no matter how hard it got. Mentally, he knew he could finish, this journey was his. The race was not about who was beside him. It was a journey of his own. That he would complete on his own.
Life can get tough. You will be tested, there will be setbacks, frustration, and things not turning out the way we would’ve thought. You have to remember this, Gods plan is always perfect. Everything is scripted from the beginning to the end. Nothing is ever missed. Everything happens for a reason.
You have to keep on going with whatever you do in this lifetime. I hope you do it with love. Do it with passion or don’t do it at all. Go the extra the mile for yourself. Sometimes going the extra mile may seem like it is a lot but, it’s worth it. Your lane is designed for you. No one can take anything from you. What is meant for you will always be for you. So, keep going and don’t look back. When you reach even a small step, clap. Even I tend to forget to applaud myself. We are magic.
“Hard work plus patience = Dedication” - Nipsey Hussle