Recently a few friends of mine have been giving me suggestion on what topics to write about. The latest is “write about the qualities you wish you had or who you could be more like if you could.” After pondering for a few ideas I came up with one that stands out.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
For those of you who are living under a rock… no pun intended; let me give you some background on who this man is.
His wrestling blood traces back to his grandfather, but spreads long and wide from uncles to cousins. Dwayne started football at a young age and then wrestling training in 1995. But The Rocks career doesn’t end there his ventured in multiple movies, his most famous “Fast and Furious” series/franchise. Not only has he done movies but he has also done TV shows like “The Hero”
So why Johnson?
Dwayne has this drive about him that puts him in a mind set of anything is possible and not to be discourage because failing or not succeeding the first time you attempt something. Coming from a fans’ stand point and looking into his star struck life he is very humble and even having a action based background it seems like he is a 6ft 5in 250+lbs teddy bear. The intensity under his lift eyebrow screams FOCUS. His determination to best the best at whatever his doing shines through. Dedication drives him to succeed and becoming the person he is today. “Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwyane Johnson.
The originally question “write about the qualities you wish you had or who you could be more like if you could.” ; those qualities are some I wish I had however being who I am and the qualities I posses may not be perfect or the best yet they’re mine and they make me, me. Don’t lose sight of who you are or what makes you, you. Your love ones see for who you are and they like you for it. There are going to be those who don’t like you,, but don’t try to please them. Be you in-spite of them. You are important and special and keep being you. Even when the road gets hard and you feel like quiting…
“Only when a hero is at his lowest can he become the greatest. That to me is the greatest super hero story of all time.” –
Growing up I wasn’t really good at sports. I kind of grew into sports. In elementary schools there is an event called field day. Field Day is a ritual for elementary students across the nation. Its almost similar to the Olympics. Medals are given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and everyone who participates. Every student is given this advice before every field day: “It’s not about first or last it’s about having fun.”-Teachers. And as we grow up, this pure phrase of inspiration tends to get scued away from its truth. Especially with love…
Love is a game we all play. Unfortunately we don’t get any medals for playing this game. This game has simple rules. Find the person you like. Make a connection with them. Ask them out on a date. And a few more. Take it to the next level. Fall in lust. Fall in love. SIMPLE. Yet It never is; especially for me. I just don’t know how to pick them.
There is a phrase I’ve heard many times: Nice guys finish last. Im starting to believe this is true.
“Outsider. Insider. It doesn’t really matter. All that matters is knowing what you really want and going after it.”-Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift “If your ever with a girl that is too good for you, marry her”- Valentines Day
The first part about this blog I wrote on Aug 9th 2012, and now, March 5th 2013, I’m finishing it. A few months have past and I saw a girl that I had class with two semesters ago. We had a weird connection. I thought she was absolutely beautiful. She loves the Miami Hurricanes (college football) and I love Florida State University (rival to the Hurricanes). She ended up buying an iPhone from me at my place of work and the rest is history. For once I truly felt happy. She made me feel like I mattered. She was the first girl I said and meant “I love you” to. The problem is, things didnt go according to plan. She said the phrase that every guy dreads, ” its not you its me”….
There will be another part to this post so stay tuned.
I’m a quote man. Growing up with Jamaican parents, you seem to become swarmed with quotes. For every detail of life there is a quote that my parents have told me. From the simplest thing as how to behave like a gentlemen, to the most complex as love (the birds and the bees); my parents almost instilled quotes in to my brain. Its kinda like an arranged marriage: the person you’re forced to marry at first you don’t really care for them but, like Alex Rocco says, “Appreciation grew to respect. Respect grew to like. And like grew to love.” Well, maybe not that extreme but you get the point. Quotes grew on me and I use them quite often now.
You see them in just about all my posts if not all of them. One thing you get from using quotes is, it gives a simple impression that you are somewhat intelligent or knowledgeable about what you are talking about. Most of my friends come to me when they have a problem. Not that I don’t have problems of my own, but they seem to trust my thoughts, almost like Oogway Kung Fu Panda. When I use quotes to express my thoughts, my friends get a feeling as if I were a psychiatrist/counselor.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“What is love? In math, its a problem. In History, its a battle. In science, its a reaction. But in my heart , its you.” -Unknown
“A wise person hears one word but understands two.” -Yiddish proverb
“Greatness is measured by the set backs you’ve over come in life.” -Patrick Willis