Hey guys! (Ignore the links above.. couldn't get it to go away LOL)
I was looking for some critique on something I wrote today. I'm putting together the "About Me" page on my company's (Atress, LLC) website -- and it's hard to tell if the message is in the right direction. I've never done one of these before! Haha.
If anyone has any pointers, advice, criticism, etc. let me know!
It never occurred to me as a kid that life would ever be as difficult as my parents liked to pretend it was. Why would it? I had lots of scraggly friends to chase up and down the alley, laughing and running away when frightened neighbors blew their horns at us; we lived in a shiny, clean suburban neighborhood, and we never went a meal without mom's special peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crust cut off. I thought the only responsibility I'd ever have was remembering to feed that damn yappy devil in my kitchen my mom called a miniature pinscher.
By the time I was a senior in high school, I was constantly enduring long-winded school sessions with a strange man named Dr. Hanson who sat me on the world's most comfortable couch and prodded me to explain to him what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. The rest of my life? Hell I didn't know what I wanted to eat for dinner, how was I supposed to know the answer to a riddle like that.
So, in typical teenager fashion, I spent more time that night wandering what his couch was made out of rather than the solution to my young-life crisis. I wrote him off and went to bed, convinced the ramblings of my 3 year old little brother made more sense than his adult gibberish. In the middle of the night, I woke up to the hushed sobbing of my 4 year old sister Ashton over the baby monitor in my room. You see, Ashton was born with a severe case of a disorder called 'Cerebral Palsy' which impaired her sight, speech, and most any other cognitive function other than crying when something was wrong. Even with all her limitations, she was always smiling and laughing, always so happy. I was worried. I went to her crib and found that she had curled her legs up and used her body weight to accidentally roll onto her stomach, a position from which she couldn't recover. It made me sad and angry to see her that way. When I finally got her positioned onto her back again, she smiled, happily shrilling at the top of her lungs to let me know she appreciated the help. Right then and there I knew that if I ever learned how to do anything with my life, it would be how to help her and others like her.
For years I researched her condition, learning little tips and tricks on how to deal with her epilepsy and how to feed her through the G-tube in her stomach in case something ever happened to my parents and I had to take on the responsibility as the primary caregiver for my family. Through Ashton, I demolished any previous issues with a lack of confidence and pursued an active career in helping people as an emergency medical technician, and proudly volunteering to serve overseas in the United States Military. Upon completion of both, I was given a new purpose in my life. Bumps and bruises, failures and defeats… they were all stepping stones to this. No fear in the world could contend when colliding head-on with this budding love of medicine and accomplishment, I refused to back down and let my insecurities have any more of my energy, my time, or my space.
Today I stand tall as a U.S. veteran, an older brother, a hobbyist writer and co-owner of Atress, LLC. My pledge to public service is unwavering, and my dreams are undeniable by anyone. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, you'll find a way… but you can't wait for inspiration, you've got to go after it.
The only thing constant in our lives is change, and it's never too late to be what you might have been. You might have failed once before, and that's okay. We all do… anyone who's never failed at something before hasn't tried very hard at it. Running your own business is like running a marathon; it's all about the distance you go – not the time or the other racers. Let Atress provide you the opportunity to solve your life riddles, only this time with a team of support and an undying passion that's infectious.