In the six years I’ve known him, Brent has been dedicated to physical training and wanted to do the work professionally. At community college, he educated himself in nutrition and exercise science, but never finished his two year degree. Excuses. We talked frequently. I gave him a copy of Why Not Do What You Love? which he practically committed to memory. Still there were the excuses, and the fear.
He needed a certification course, and money for a certification exam which he did not have. He still had his dream, and his outwardly positive attitude, but both were clouded with excuse after excuse. Stuck in hourly jobs not to his liking, he was nevertheless a responsible young man who partially satisfied his dream by regularly volunteering at the gym, helping people manage the exercise machines. He was a role model in terms of physical discipline and helpfulness. And yet, the excuses continued.
Until 2014, when he started moving. Found the money, took the course, passed the exam.
Today, finally, on New Year’s Day 2015 he told me. “I’m certified, and the Y has just given me a job. Very soon, I will be making more money doing what I love than I used to make in all these ‘jobs’ I used to think I needed.”
This young man is just getting started. It took a very, very, long time. He’s finally on the other side of his mountain, and today’s short interchange made my day. Especially, his final wave and salute: “The years of excuses are over!!!!”
Note to self: Let’s drop the excuses about my own exercise program. Just keep going no matter how long it takes.