Listening to how I felt, admitting what I wanted to do, there was a moment of silence on the other end of the phone. And then my dad spoke.
He said how proud he was. He talked about the strength it takes to acknowledge you aren’t in a place that you want to be - in spite of what other people expect of you. He talked about the courage it takes to own your life and your choices, turning a blind eye to what others want from you or think of you.
That Christmas break, my dad made the nine hour drive from our home town down to my campus with his pickup truck and a tiny U-Haul. He helped me pack up my room.
As we drove down I-5, I knew I’d never look back. I felt stronger than ever.
The cool thing about life? There’s no such thing as a perfect path to success. Sometimes there are detours and sometimes it takes courage along the way to get where you want to go.
Strength? It comes in all shapes, sizes, and opportunities. Strength doesn’t happen in the moments where you lift weights. Strength happens in the quiet moments when you make tough choices. Strength happens when you stand up for what you believe in, no matter what other people think. Strength happens when you defy expectations, focusing on what you know you need to do. Strength can happen at any age, any time, and can come from anyone.
Strength has no age, no race, and no size, and most importantly - Strength Has No Gender™.