Courage. Strength. Drive. Positivity.

Today I want to tell you about a friend of mine. I consider myself a coinsure of CrossFit friends. On my Facebook I add anyone who actively lives a CrossFit lifestyle. Because I myself have been an avid CrosFitter since 2008.  This particular friend has always been a bright and positive force on my Facebook newsfeed.  I have always enjoyed getting the extra positive boost from him on a regular basis. Just the other day this was his post, "Super grateful for another day of life #‎LovingLife #‎LifeIsGood". Simple, yet infectiously affective. Well one day he posted this...

"I keep this picture of myself in my wallet for many years now as a reminder that shit can always be worse. I'm a cancer survivor. This is part of where I get my positive attitude from. This is also why I get so stoked and emotional over my progress in the gym. Even before cancer I wasn't that physically strong at all. But post cancer I couldn't bench press a bare barbell or curl 15lb db more than 3x. I literally started from scratch. But in life i work hard at everything I do. I try to help others and motivate and inspire then. My past came up few times recently with ppl who were blown away by it. I thought it was the right moment to share this now. Life is good and take nothing for granted. Have a Booya night"...

 

 

Needless to say I was shocked, and awed in the same breath. I was completely taken back this man has been through the ringer and look at his positivity and ability to continuously be better. Every time I read posts like this, "Today's gonna be a great day! And I can't wait to crush it! Life is good! Booya!", I see his strength and become inspired just a little bit deeper. 

When I decided to begin blogging he was the first person I wanted to share. His story of  positivity was something I wanted everyone to grow from. When I asked him for his story he replied with "Wow! Of course you guys can share my story. I'd love to and be honored to be a part of this and contribute! Btw, there's more you my story than I've shared on fb. I like to wait for the right moment to share things. It always needs to be for the right reasons not for attention. Soooo I'll fill you two in soon! Cause if you want my story to help motivate others than I'm gonna hafta share the rest with ya, Boooyaa! I hope you two have a Booya day also! You two motivate and inspire me big time. "

"This before pic of myself from when I was let's just say “HEAVY” that it would be inspirational and motivational. So I agreed. And I'm finally posting some. The one on the left was me at my largest about 250lb. Lots of hard work and bad decisions helped me accomplish that 250. On the right 185, about a yr and a half into Crossfit. I started Crossfit a"...

 

"I'm a cancer survivor. Booya. But There's more. That pic of me extremely overweight was a brief moment in my life during a relapse. Yup. I'm in recovery. I was addicted to heroin.(the pic was during my alcoholic yrs though) Had a habit that grew into a $200 a day one. Injecting it. Cause go big or home lol. It's been around 14 or so yrs since I've done the big H. Had five yrs clean n sober and moved to Florida for 4 yrs. Made some bad decisions, took my recovery for granted and eventually justified drinking. Became an alcoholic. Pawning shit for $, the cycle was starting all over again. Back was acting up one day which does since I was a kid. Justified taking painkillers. Became heavily addicted to them as well. Withdrawals were the same as heroin. So I was in hell all over again. Finally with a lot of hard work probably the hardest work I've ever done, I got my life back. Over the span of my drug career I guess I'll call it ( at one point I quit my job to focus on just getting high every day until the $ was gone) I was arrested 5 times. 2x in NH, 2x in mass, 1x in Florida. All drug n alcohol related. I should have spent significant time in jail. But nothing more than an few overnights. I've overdosed multiple times. Paramedics came and everything, telling me if they didn't get there when they did I would have died. That was at 19. So I consider myself living on borrowed time since 19. I'm 36 now. My record is clear ( a miracle) I have no diseases from drugs and believe me I took tests for a long time to make sure. And now take nothing for granted. Every day for me is truly a gift. Cause I shouldn't be here. I keep the mindset that if I can survive cancer and drug addiction two things many people can't survive let alone get hit with both then there's nothing that difficult out there that can bring me down. I try to keep that mindset all the time. Try lol . So. How much clean time do I have you might be wondering. I don't know the exact date but it was around mother's day when I got clean n sober. So this upcoming mother's day I'll have 9 yrs embarking on my 10 th! Booya! So there ya have it!"

 

 

Ending this blog today expressing my feelings of aw. How we all go through life and down paths and if we are lucky we find our way. If we are lucky we wake up every day and think like Justin Cody.  If we are lucky we will learn a few things from him.

Life is not easy. Life is not Perfect. Learn from each turn. Grow from every mistake. See your blessings. Be happy. Just because bad shit happens or you make mistakes, your life is NOT OVER. See that and make today good.