It’s good to be back, in some sorts. I had to take a little bit of break because my wife and I were moving into our first (adult) home together beginning back in January and finally moving in mid-February. So needless to say my time has been occupied nearly 24/7.
We are moved in but not completely settled as that’ll come in time and we are excited to be adding our own personal touches to the home day-to-day. It’s a massive undertaking and responsibility but God is walking with us side-by-side and guiding our steps with patience and wisdom. There’s been a few heavy struggles along the way but as a man, continuing to put one foot in front of the other and remaining level-headed will get you a long way.
My challenge for myself lately has been to do just that, challenge myself to grow, learn, listen, and respond. I’ve made some big decisions as of late. I’ve decided to almost completely distance my presence on social media for my own soul and privacy of my family. There’s so much vitirol hatred, bullying, politics, and negativity that I don’t need to expose myself to any longer. In terms of our personal lives, people only deserve to get only what you feel is appropriate and necessary to share. Privacy is a gift, use it.
We don’t owe anyone anything in terms of updates on our personal lives. People should be happy with what you choose to divulge. Don’t let people force you into thinking they deserve to know everything going on in your life. We live in a society where we are expected to be ‘on’ and ‘accessible’ nearly 24/7 and to me that’s disgusting and unacceptable. Give what you want. This is your life, not theirs. Pay attention to the important relationships you’ve developed and kept close.
Don’t read into that as negative or aggressive. I’m basically saying don’t bring your ‘behind the scenes’ to the forefront for ALL to see. Save that for your family and loved ones. Let the ‘highlight reel’ be what it is, scripted and staged.
At 31, I’ve really embraced the fact of who I am. I’m a God-fearing man who loves the Lord with all my heart. I’m a nerd who has deep passions for certain things. I’m a man who is pro wrestling fanatic who dresses like a goth-biker most of the time. I’m a man who does not care about someone’s opinion of me except my wife and my dog. I’m a man who is counting every blessing. I’m a man going through seasons knowing my Lord is still good to me. I’m a man who recognizes his pitfalls and weaknesses and will continue to work on being better at all facets of life. I’m a man who cares about people yet has to create boundaries and limitations so that I don’t gain the world and lose my soul. I have a purpose in this life and it’s my job to dig into God’s word, meditate on it, and find out what that is.
All in all, be true to who you are and who you want to be. Don’t take crap from anyone. Don’t listen or pay attention to negativity and naysayers. Create your own future, put in the sweat equity, don’t take handouts, and friggan go for it! I’ve learned many of those lessons.
Now, if I can go to serious things 🙂
I had to take about 60 days off from Crossfit as we prepared for the move and boy did I miss everything about it. I kicked things back into gear on Feb 26th and been going hard (not a good idea) upon my return to the box. Monday night I PR’d my 5-rep bench press (awesome), and last week just missed a new clean and jerk PR. I think I’ll hit that C&J PR during the next cycle. The movements have done me good as I’m in full preparation mode for baseball season which kicks off the second week of April I believe. My cardio can and will be better it’s just a matter of putting my whole heart into it but my goodness do I despise running as it’s monotonous and boring. Not my jam.
I’m very blessed to have a wife who pushes me to reach my goals and not try to jump in and give me excuses as to why I can’t do this or that. I always get that stiff look when I begin to doubt myself and self-loathe a little too much. Morgan doesn’t lock me in chains and speak down to me when I propose something I want to do, even if it’s ludicrous. She steps in from a financial standpoint and we go from there J
Wrestlemania season is officially on the super-speedway as we are just over a month away from the grandest show of them all and I can’t wait. I know the main event (Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar) result is all but guaranteed at this point but it’s the performances that lock me in not the guy who gets his hand raised in the end.
So many have asked I can confidently say that the podcast is returning. The exact date is unknown at this point in time but Jay and I are shooting for an April 2018 reboot. Looking forward to bringing audio magic back to those who enjoyed us. Thanks for the constant emails, tweets, and FB inquiries regarding the show and if/when it would return. New equipment needs to be purchased and we are in the process of trying to lock that down.
I’ll have more on the podcast ASAP!
I hope you all have a great rest of your week and weekend!