What an amazing honor and blessing to be asked to speak to the youth. I have done it in many forums and I have truly appreciated all opportunities! It is one of the most natural and most satisfying things that I have a passion for. It is the outcome or results of the MaxPower life that I speak about.
Why? Well if you were to know me, you would know that I had little to no knowledge of my own internal self worth or value when I was young because of the circumstances that I faced at the age of 5. I had one of the biggest “victim” mentalities due to feeling like I had little to no control over what was happening around and to me. You see, I had lost my mom and dad, my country and extended family, was tossed into the lives of people that felt like strangers, and I had to get used to a totally new way of living. As tough as all these experiences were and may seem to be, I consider them all blessings today! Yes, I am so blessed that I was given these experiences which cultivated in me a sense of life, a sense of journey, a sense of experiencing loss and gain, love and deceit, and the experience of solid and not so solid friendships. I consider them a source of inspiration and passion because it gave me a strong reference point to realize how truly blessed I was!
I don’t want to diminish the pain that I experienced and or make anyone believe that it was an easy journey because I did almost fall deep into darkness or into the point of no return. Did I ever contemplate suicide as a solution? Heck yes- many times! But the lessons in those moments were extremely powerful and filled more with the joy of life! I hardly ever speak of the ill will that I wanted to cause myself and others, but I did! Yes, there were actually many times that I know I hurt those around me only because I was hurting deeply. I never wanted to cause harm, but I was calling out for help and help always came through in many forms and through many different people and experiences. This is why I have a deep appreciation for being able to be considered a person of character and to be given the opportunity to speak to the youth about perseverance, forgiveness, a sense of self worth, identity, empathy, compassion, and love.
To this day, I still question as to why I was given the opportunity to realize my dreams and then I look deeper inside myself, and then there is no need to question anymore! I intended to be the inspiration, influence, and light that was shown to me by other people. You all are true inspirations, blessings, and the light to someone other than yourself! You mean the world to someone that needs your understanding, your story, your compassion. You too can be that person that will speak from the heart and truly touch someone’s life- especially if you Intend to follow through...