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New Year - New Hope

Well, we are a week into the New Year, at least according to the Gregorian calendar.  Will 2006 be a more benevolent year than 2005?  Somehow, I doubt it.  They will probably be more deceit, fabrication of the truth, slayings, and worst of all; we’ll still be in Iraq at the end of the year.  Nah, it won’t be that bad, at least I hope not.  Optimism is the key word here folks.  Life is what you make it, so be happy, flamboyant, and most of all, be who you are.  Don’t let anyone take that away from you.  I’ve got a little inspirational story for you.  

     Everyone who listens to my podcast and reads the blog knows a bit about me,   Except for what I’m about to tell you.  You know that I work full-time and go to college full-time.  Some folks have asked me how I do it all.  Well, just wait to you read the rest of this post.  I normally try to stay away from the whole personal aspect of my life, because I believe it’s a little boring.  However, what I’m about to tell you may help you to become a wiser and harder working person.  

     When I was born in the heart of the south, I contracted a disease called spinal meningitis, which if kills most people who contract it.  The doctors told my family, as they would in the future, that I would not make it through the night.  Needless to say, I made it through the night, and I’m still here today – thirty-three years later.  However, because of this horrific disease, I have more things wrong with me than I can put in one post, and I’m not going to get that personal.  I lived-in the hospital a lot while growing up, and I watched several friends die from the same things I was facing, but thankfully because of my iron will to strive, I conquered it all.  I have a thing called Hypopituitarism, which causes anyone who has it, to grow at an incredibly slow rate along with other problems.  When I was ten, I looked like I was six.  Heck, you wouldn’t believe all the trouble I had as a young lad trying to buy beer.  LOL…  I was kicked out of so many bars for having a legitimate license, that you wouldn’t believe it.  

     Now, I’m thirty-three, and most people tell me that I look like I’m in my early twenties.  There was a huge price to pay for looking so young however.  I’m prescribed enough medicine to kill a cow, but I only take what’s necessary.  I mostly stick to the herbal stuff when I can.  I’ve seen a lot in my time and experience more pain (physically), than most men dare dream of.  Every test, needle prick, x-ray, needle in my spine, and ugly nurse was worth it though, because I’m here today to tell you about it.  Do not ever lose hope.  Hope is all some people have.  

     Seemingly, some have said that I am a miracle of modern medicine, but I believe that we are what we make of ourselves.  For example, most people in my condition sit at home and collect a check from the government, but not this cat, I work for my money.  However, I don’t condemn those that do draw a check, some people do need the assistance.  Sheer determination is what got me through life.  The last thing I want is to depend on the government, besides my family brought me up to reach for the stars and never believe anything is impossible.  Family is what it’s’ all about, without it, life is hard and at times cruel.  

     Over the past few years my life has truly changed for the better.  I have gone from working from my family, to working two great jobs and owning my own home.  I have stupid doctors that think I still live at home, which I’ve not done since I was twenty.  LOL…  They can’t comprehend the fact that I’m still alive, much less that I work two jobs and go to college full-time.  They don’t understand the whole premise of determination.   Some have called me a very deep person, yet some call me deceitful, nefarious, and manipulative (mostly women).  If you were to meet me on the street, you wouldn’t notice anything different about me, except for the fact that I look about twenty.  

     Finally, I just wanted to give you a little inspiration in life, because although it may be hard at times, it’s always worth another go.  If you fall down, then get your lazy butt back up and jump back on that horse.  In addition, I don’t want you to go away from reading this thinking poor Jefferson, buhh-huhh.  (  I simply want you to enjoy life, as I do, and be happy, because life is too short to be sad and depressed.

     In conclusion, I appreciate everyone who listens to the podcast and comments on the blog.  I’ve not gone in much detail about myself in the past, simply because it didn’t seem necessary.  I said in Episode 6 that I went to private school, and yes, that is correct.  Also, I gave Jenny a hard time for calling me “southern”.  That is a touchy subject for me, simply because people in the south have been deemed idiots for some time now, and that’s just not the case.  I’ll be back with more political mantra tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Sunday all…



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