Milestones are essential. They should be the benchmarks of life assessments. Upon reflecting on my life, I can identify my milestones; the moments that ultimately defined who I am as a person and what I wanted out of life.I didn't just graduate from high school, I graduated from circumstances. The hardships that I experienced growing up are just part of my story; they are not ever excuses to any setback in my life.
I remember watching my mom rise at Outreach Health Services from out-patient provider to supervisor. I watched her win people over by her commitment and dedication to the job. I have a crystal clear memory of her getting dressed-up for work on her first day as a supervisor; from street running to office worker; from minimum wage to raise; from teen mom to professional... I was proud of the milestone she had achieved. It made me believe that hardwork could transform status at the drop of a dime.
Inspired by her perseverance, I immediately developed an attitude about work. Rather it was chopping meat at Sav-A-Lot or selling "Bundle Packages" at Hollywood Video, I was committed to showing people that I had value because of my commitment to working. Slowly but surely, those commitments to work begin to pay off in promotions and pay grade, and I realized that the more I dug into the depth of myself the more I increased my opportunities.
This year, the day of my 30th birthday I received a call that opened another milestone in my life. I remember thinking how surreal the moment was, and reflecting on how much depth I put in my work, my reputation, and into building relationships with people to get to where I'd come. I thought about all the milestones I achieved before that milestone, and how ultimately they all connected.
I have and still PUSH myself to the limit for the things that drive me and for the people that inspire me. I work to the beat of my drum; to the drum that was created by witnessing the most influential person in my life. Pa-rumpa-pa-pom to the solicitation of fierceness she showed me as a crusader raising from the plagues of her circumstance.
A crusaders paradise is victorious; their paradise is the accomplishment of their battle and the procession of victory. What ever your story, your hardship, or your circumstance, if you are not living BEYOND it you're living IN it. Disposition is transcended; it's the weakest excuse of self distruction and the harshest reality of pathetic.
Be a crusader by living with palpable [intense] and paramount [greatest] intensions. Re-invent yourself as a seeker of milestones and paradises.