Ever since I started sports with soccer, what I enjoyed most besides the camaraderie was the progress I would see within my own abilities, both on and off the field. This was amplified even more so when I really took track & field seriously. Every meet I would strive to better my times and gain confidence in my skill. Once I started coaching youth in track and field, nothing would bring me more delight than the children I had coached coming back to me after a track meet and telling me how they got first or second in this race, or that they improved their time by a measurable increment. As someone who has been within the same track club for several years, you see development in not only individual skill, but character as well. What this does is foster a group of individuals that are not afraid to strive towards higher goals, because they understand that in order to reach them, it takes time, effort and determination. One of the most important things that sports teach as well is that you are never alone in any of your trials. You have your family, your teammates, your coach and everyone in your club cheering you on and supporting you to be the best you can be, and that is why I care about helping others seek improvement in themselves.
Family is everything to me. Without the support and love from my family I would not be where I am today. Growing up, my mother, father, and two siblings were as tight knit as you could get, we did everything together. The love my parents shared was as unconditional as the love they showed us, the kids; there was nothing they would not do for us. My younger brother and I have always been close, as children we played, laughed, and cried, together, we remain to this day the definition of best friends. My sister and I also share a close relationship. As the older brother I feel it is my responsibility to look after and my siblings, and to set an example for them. This sense of responsibility I have developed is what defines me today; I know for a fact that without younger siblings to care for and loving parents I would be selfish human being.
In recent years, my family has broken down; my mother walked out on us last spring and we have struggled ever since. In this past year I have learned more and more what I truly care about. I care about my brother and sister; I want them to continue to pursue their hopes and dreams. I care about my father, and I wish him nothing but happiness. It is because I care about my family that I will not lose my faith or my drive to succeed in life, I will endure.
I care about love- pure, authentic, connected LOVE. The kind of love that’s rooted deep, deep within our core beneath the webs of all fear & logic; the raw passion & burning desire that ignites & awakens every part of the soul is the fuel to life that makes it all worth living & fighting for.
I think to some degree we all seek out love, whatever perception or idea that may be. I believe that _real_ _love_ is found within oneself that does not serve to fill a void, but rather it’s an energy, emotion, or vibration that emanates from the inside out, like shooting stars, and causes a magical reaction with anything it comes in contact with. This reaction enriches every experience we have on this earth.
I care about living an inspired, purposeful life infused with the intention of love. I care about taking a stand, speaking up, expressing myself and having the patience and compassion to understand more of who I am and keeping my imagination alive to live out my dreams.
In our pure innocence, like a child living in the moment, our greatest powers come from living out of love and if we each make peace & own up to the beauty of our own existence to know that who we are, what we do, what we say MATTERS, then the Universe would be that much more colorful. In freeing up our own hearts, we light the way for others to do the same...
Everywhere I look , there are stories. We all live within a story and from time to time change our entire life because we heard a story that shook our being to the core. Those are the stories that I seek , the ones that we thought never existed , never thought of as possible, thought of as not important, or just down right ludicrous. Well, I know of people who have such stories to share and have most certainly empowered me with their words, and I believe that if I share their stories with the world, the world WILL change.
Photo Submisssion : Dee, North Vancouver