Being yourself is not an easy task by any means. Sometimes people try to act a certain way or speak in a different manner to fit in. Going the extra mile to be fit in will only slow you down in the long run. Our surroundings sometimes pressure us to act differently or talk differently. It’s tough riding solo, I get it. We all want to be liked, It’s human nature. But I’m here to tell you to BE YOU no matter what your circumstance.
My journey to BE ME was not easy, but very liberating. Once I started being myself I started attracting better people, better situations, and an overall better environment. I had to embrace my past and not be ashamed of it. We all have a past or skeletons in the closet to be more specific. I’m here to tell you it’s okay, it’s normal.
At 17 I dropped out of high school and let me just say English was not my strong suit. Fast forward 20+ years my friend Sandy asked to be in an international speech contest. This was the moment that changed my life. With only a high school education, no writing skills and a little Mexican accent the odds were against me. This is were being ME help me escape myself. Not only did I embrace my past but the skeletons were out!
Not only did everyone find out I was a high school drop out, but my whole family including my wife’s had to endure the pain of listening to how I was arrested for drug possession. I was the golden boy that never made mistakes. I’m not perfect by any means we all make mistakes it’s a part of life. It’s how you recover and learn from those mistakes that make you into the person you are now.
Family and friends saw me a little different after the skeletons were out. My laundry was out and I was stuck holding the money bag. I heard all the whispers behind my back. It was a very difficult time in my life. But I kept moving forward with a positive attitude. It was a huge gamble on my part but well worth it in the end.
18 months after my skeletons were let loose I’m proud to say that I’m headed to the world championship of public speaking in Washington D.C. I will be competing against the best of the best. All this happen because I was true to myself and stop caring what others were thinking.
It’s funny how the people that were against me back in the day are now cheering me on to Washington D.C. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to keep moving forward and follow your dream. Are you being true to YOU?
I was recently interviewed by my local newspaper in my hometown. Once I was true to myself the community started to embrace me. Don’t shy away from your past. Now I’m in the local paper and going to D.C. WOW!!!!!
Thank you all for all the support!!!! God bless
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