My story begins actually, at birth. I was given up for adoption. Now, don't get me wrong... my adopted parents are wonderful, loving people and I am proud to call them my real mom and dad.
I never knew my biological mother and father... and, although I've found my birth mother, I still don't know who my father is. The only reason that I really want to know, is for DNA analysis... to find out who my true ancestors were and where I "came from".
When I was 18, I fell in with a rough crowd. We did drugs, drank, partied... everything that some teenagers do. So, the following scenario was inevitable. (This is what I have been told happened... I do not remember the day - or the months leading up to it - at all.
On October 09, 1988, a few friends and I went out to go to a party at another friend's house. On the way there, my friend lost control of the vehicle - a 1980 Chevy Camaro with slicks for tires - and crashed head on into a tree. Remember, I do not know exactly what happened, so this is what I have been told. The paramedics ended up having to use the jaws of life to extract us from the mangled wreck.
Opportunity Awaits... Seize the Opportunity
"What if I said this", "What if I did that" or "what if I didn’t". "What if..."?
We ask ourselves this question every day. What it really boils down to decisions. We all have decisions to make every day of our lives. Some of them important decisions... some of them are incidental. We all make good and bad decisions. That’s life. When you look back on your life, you can think of some really great decisions that you made, decisions that have altered the course of your life. You can also remember some really bad ones that have affected you in a negative way.
When you are standing in front of that open door of opportunity the question arises “What if? Do I? or don’t I?". We need to make a decision. How do we make decisions? The answer to this depends on our background, education, life experiences and sometimes advice from others. Life is never static, it’s always changing and opportunities come and go. Doors open and we have to decide whether to step through and seize the opportunity or not.
Don't Keep Your Ideas To Yourself!
Have you ever had an idea? Did you attempt to bring that idea to fruition? Why not? Were you worried about what people would say? That they would put down that idea? You were being selfish! The world NEEDS to see your ideas! Don't keep your ideas to yourself!
Most people worry about suggesting stupid ideas because of what they believe others will think. Yes, inventing new products or ideas is a risky business – you can look silly. People who won’t risks are trying to preserve what they have. People who do take them often end up having more. Risk is a measurement of a person.
The saying goes like this "Aim for the moon, if you miss at least you will be among the stars!"
It’s exciting. It’s difficult and it’s fun. If it was easy anyone could do it. The movie Citizen Kane is a very good example. Orson Wells couldn’t find any financial backers, but he raised a small amount for casting. He begged, borrowed and milked people into building sets and shooting full –blown screen tests which eventually formed a third of the film. Now it existed.