My Never Quit Moment
Now, I’ve been going back and forth with this. I’m not what you’d call a bashful person but it makes me wonder if you guys would see this. I’ve been a listener for about two weeks. Once I found your podcast I’ve been obsessed. I listen to this anytime I’m committing to and a from work, and at the gym. My never quit moment isn’t exactly strait forward as some of the stories you’ve read in the past.
So here it goes…..
When I was 16 I left home because of an abusive father and a heroin addicted mother. Now don’t get me wrong my parents are good people but I couldn’t stay anymore. I stayed with friends and stayed at a firehouse I volunteered at time to time. I worked at a grocery store stocking shelves to make enough money to get to school, buy my first car (1990 S10 for 400$), and enough to buy a loaf of bread and meat ends from the grocery store I worked at. I went from place to place over the next few years and one bad Relationship after the next. I got to the point where I thought that there was no one out there who would understand my past, the abuse, or the exposure to the drugs. So after a few years of this cycle I became homeless, living out of my car. One of the hardest thing to do was to find a place to park so I could sleep a no one would find me. I went through this for almost 9 months. I was tired of this life style and turned to alcohol….. some how I managed to get hired as a firefighter in the dc metro area. I struggled with alcoholism, depression, and was almost fired. All of this was from when I was 16-21. Fast forward to present time. I was promoted to Lieutenant with my department, married the woman of my dreams and we have our own home. My never quit moment came February 2nd 2017 at 1023am when I became a father. The world stood still in that moment as my wife held our son. I knew in that moment failure would never be an option for me. Everything that I though bothered me was gone in an instant My new focus is to be the backbone of my Family. To raise my son with respect honor and dignity. I want him to be a better man then I ever could be.
Marcus , wizard , Rut…. you men inspire me daily in both my professional life as a leader / company officer , as a man and a father. Now, listening to other listener submissions I know my life could be so much worse. I just know you all give me something to look forward daily. From the bottom of my heart thank you for all that you gentlemen have done for our great county.