Spending Time with Your Family is the Easiest Way to Enjoy Life!

If you’ve got any sort of family around your community, they’re going to be the quickest way for you to go about enjoying your life. We all have ups and downs, and some of us have some pretty major downs. classy-2-600x300I remember when I was younger, I would always turn to a specific friend for advice. This friend was about 20 years older than me, and he knew what it was like to go through life. Not only that, but he understood where I was coming from, as we were from the exact same neighbourhood. He would always tell me that “life is short, you’ve got to be a kid as long as possible”. When I was a youthful person, I just wanted to grow up as fast as possible. I’m talking at the age of 12 or 13, I wanted to workout and play professional football for a living. I was a lot larger than some of the other kids, and I was definitely motivated, but I guess some sort of omnipotent being had other plans for me. I was running in track and playing football at the same time, I was constantly popping up on newspapers all over the city and I had never felt better about myself.

FamilyGenerationsThe morning was bright on the day it had happened. My mother was steam-mopping the floor (shout-out to Steam Insider for providing me with awesome products, by the way), and all I can remember is that I kept thinking the words “game day!”. It was a moment in my life that I’ll never forget, a span of 3 or 4 years where I was truly the biggest name in my county. I was being recruited by many different schools, all of which were offering me a full ride as soon as I turned the proper age. You don’t just get a free ride when it comes to sports, if you look up the statistics, most of the players coming out of high school won’t make it to the college level. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a lot of the players coming into the collegiate divisions still have a slim chance at making the major league. The NFL is the biggest dream any football player on this earth can have, but there are only so many roster spots.

I thought I was on top of the world, that is, until I got hit at a bad angle during a late-night game. I felt my knee completely twist in the wrong direction, and I realized (almost right away, actually) that it was a pretty serious injury. I looked down and saw that my leg was turned all the way around, and after that, the only thing I can remember is blacking out.

Family Support: Getting Through Tough Times 

MKM-Family1_optI woke up in the hospital with my mother hovering over me, she looked like she had been sleeping on the chair by my bedside (there was a coat and a pillow laying on it, so I just put the pieces together). She told me that my kneecap had completely shattered, and that my leg was broken and twisted around underneath the muscle. I was going to have to learn how to walk all over again, and it meant that I probably wouldn’t be making it to the NFL any time soon. I wanted to break down and cry right then and there, I was only 17 and I had so much more of my life to live. Sometimes I think about it and still get emotional, but there’s nobody to blame in this situation. The person who tackled me was just doing his job, could I have avoided this injury if I saw him earlier? Would it have happened if I had blockers down the field?

I can’t sit here and ponder these kinds of issues, as they’ll just eat away at me. My family helped me with a lot of stuff, they helped me finally get past the fact that I wouldn’t be playing football anymore. That was a serious hurdle for me, as that was the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. Ever since I was little I had thought about being a football player, and now those dreams were non-achievable – but my family kept me strong.

Support from your family is irreplaceable, and I’m very happy that they stood with me every single step of the way. I can walk again (even though they said it’d be nearly impossible), and my legs are back up their regular strength – I truly feel blessed, in every sense of the word.