So I’ve been told that life (really) begins at 40 years old. And up until then you’ve just been doing research.
If that’s the case then I have just received my PhD in research. Through the first 40 years of my life, there’s been the ups and downs. Trials and tribulations. Super bowl celebrations. Weddings, baby’s being born, grand openings, grand closings, pivots and a movie being made — both figuratively and literally.
As I reflect, if I had to sum up all of my feelings in one word it would be GRATEFUL.
I’m grateful for my incredible wife who has supported me for the last 10 years and loved me at my best and worst. I am grateful for my kids, bright, fun loving and fearless as they are. They inspire me to continue to dream, even as I grow older fearless myself.
I’m grateful for brothers and sisters who not only support my dreams and endeavors, but have also carved out niches of their own and found purpose.I’m grateful for my nieces and nephews who grow and expand thought and their desires to find their own purpose.
I’m grateful for the relationship and bonds that I am able to maintain with the men I went to war with on the football field. No matter how much time passes, whenever we reunite the respect, love and admiration we have for another remains.
I’m grateful for my friends. Being able to do everything with them from working out to sharing laughs, tears, celebrating, & even the occasional petty argument is something I will never take for granted.
I’m grateful for the community I serve and who, in return, shows up to support and answer the call anytime I need them.
I’m grateful for the hardship I’ve faced because without the struggle, I would not have found my PURPOSE.
See I’ve realized that without the rain, you can’t learn to truly appreciate the rainbows & sunshine we get so accustomed to when things are going well in our lives. And without pain we cannot properly appreciate peace. I’ve really accepted the inescapable duality of forces in my life (and all of our lives).
And it’s an amazing feeling.
As I grow, I find myself grateful for the process as well. I love seeing the grey signs of wisdom sprouting on my beard and the fact that my face has changed but my smile has remained the same. Even more important, I’m grateful for the mindset I’ve developed as I mature. Simplicity comes from understanding and that is what I am most grateful for.
To those things, I say praise God and thank you for bestowing me with these blessings.
I’ve spent the past 40 years doing intense research, it’s only right that I begin to develop my thesis, spend the rest of my years continuing to learn and most important teaching others about the experiences I’ve had, the lessons in gratitude I’ve learned and the habits that will help you become a true CHAMPION, if you’re willing to go through the rain to implement them.
40 years on this beautiful 🌍 has taught me so many lessons, and the biggest one I've learned as I creep into the new decade: I won't stop until I WIN 😤💯‼️ #Relentless
P.S. Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes, they mean the world to me 🙏🏽. pic.twitter.com/0UYfGwSNdP
— Gary Brackett (@GaryBrackett58) May 23, 2020