Jan. 8th, 2013
I am just a simple man in an ordinary world. You would not think by looking at me that I was anything special or relate my life to a Hero’s such as Odysseus. However, I have had my own heroic journey in life and many obstacles that I have had to overcome. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca and a Trojan War hero. After the Trojan War ended it took Odysseus over ten years of travel and adventures to finally return home. This long and unwanted trip home was due entirely to his Odysseus’s arrogance and self important attitude. The hardships he faced during his long journey home were different than mine but I believe that my obstacles have been just as hard to overcome and also caused by my own overconfidence and stupidity.
I’m sitting against a dull grey wall, it’s raining and I’m cold but I don’t notice it. Everything around me is flat. My hands are handcuffed behind my back, and I’m on hard grey concrete. Police lights are flashing. At this moment I know things will never be the same. That moment was my call to adventure.
There was a very physical threshold that I had forced upon myself. I was about to embark on a life changing journey, unfortunately it started with my arrest and took me to prison. It was there that I decided that I had to make a change. I had to learn to think differently. I chose then and there to never touch drugs again. I was about to basically change myself. It was going to be difficult and there were times that I felt I would fail.
Thankfully along this journey I had help. My Mom’s wisdom had never been as apparent as it was then. When I thought I was truly lost and I could no longer see even the possibility of light she was there with a torch. She reassured me that I would get through this ok. But most important to me; she really helped my wife a whole hell of a lot. I also had my faith; faith that God would give me...