This may or may not apply to you, but hear me out. I was upset when I tried so hard to pay attention in school, and got an F because I couldn’t focus. I was upset when I and my family had to move house to house when I was younger because my parents just got divorced. I was upset when I would watch TV and see clean neighborhoods, but outside my window was abandoned houses and empty crack vials. I was upset when I went to school and got teased because I was a little chubbier than most.
I was upset when I dropped out of college because my mother relied on me to be the first one with a degree. I was upset when I had to work for minimum wage, and I was broke every week. I was upset when my company failed and was embarrassed I had to move back in my mother. There have been so many times where I was extremely upset from a life challenge, resulting to me crying in the bathroom so my family wouldn’t think I was weak. Constantly asking GOD, why me?
You ever look at other people and wonder why they are further or more successful in life and you aren’t? That was my problem. Worrying about other people’s journey instead of focusing on my own. I discovered that everything doesn’t just happen for a reason, it happens when it’s supposed to.
All those times in my life working my butt off, praying to GOD and going by the book to only end up with what I thought was nothing. Now looking back, it surprises me to say I wasn’t ready for what I was asking for. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but sometimes we are more ready for things at the least expected times. My teachers call it divine timing.
Things go right when the stars align. But stars are a product of the universe, they don’t follow the same yearly, monthly, weekly, or 24-hour clock that we do. My life, your life is a journey. Our job is to extract what we learn from this journey and pass that knowledge on to our friends, family, mentees, supporters, and children.
I got a few emails from young people who stumbled across my book and told me how it changed their lives. It was my goal to have the book be valuable, but it’s a bit surreal to hear people say those things. But, yesterday a young man who had been following me online for 6 years tapped me on my shoulder and told me I was his idol. I didn’t know how to react. He told me his story, and it was oddly similar to mines.
There is someone right now who needs you to make it through whatever challenge you are facing today. Just keep grinding, and believing in divine timing. Someone is relying on your story of overcoming obstacles more than you are. Whatever it is you’re going through, it’s not for nothing. You’re part of a neverending story of lessons learned.