It’s January 3rd, 2018. I find myself in a city I’ve never been. 2018 will be the year of adventure and growth. The healing fom the previous year will continue and with it will only come strength. Obsession will fill my days. Full force passion will continue to push me through. My community will grow, my arms, heart, and mind will stay open.
I will stay open to learning, loving, giving, and receiving. I will be more direct. Asking the questions that I truly want answers to. Expressing what I truly want to say. Fully committed to admitting what I do know, what I do not know, what I want to know, and what I will get the answers to.
All that being said, I am prepared for the moments where something will trigger a memory causing a flood of instant emotion to stop me dead in my tracks. Positive or negative, this pause, this trigger will only empower me to embrace where I am today and this memory, this past event, experience is why I am where I am today.
Where am I today? I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina at the 2018 National Strength & Conditioning Association Coaches Conference. This is my second year attending. I’ve laid out my schedule and will be fully present in every session. Evenings of recognition, connection, and camaraderie. This year is special as it marks the end of my first decade in this field. I have been in strength & conditioning for 10-years. I’m obsessed with this field and the places it has taken me. My position in this field are not so common at this event, but I still feel accepted.
Accepted… Holy shit… excuse my language, but it’s important to understand that one of my biggest challenges has always been to accept myself. Accept who I am. Learning to love myself so I can love others, and allow others to have the opportunity to love me. That’s what community, this community is all about.
Join me in loving, accepting, supporting, encouraging each other on our individual paths. Seek to understand not judge other’s paths with the intention of supporting them on theirs and give them the opportunity understand and support you on yours.
Share your path with me. Give me the opportunity to encourage you and cheer for you. This is what makes this community so primitively optimistic; we grow together towards our goals, our accomplishments with the confidence that we’re not alone. I’m here for you.