Happy #MotivationalMonday I wrote this as part of a healing process a year after my mother tragically passed away! The AaronStrong seed was planted after writing this! Life isn’t always fair, how you deal with it, defines who you are! Today, I am starting my 4th annual Grit class for middle and high school students. 😁 #Grit #MondayMotivation #AaronStrongFoundation #Mom
Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know my mother passed away unexpectedly last year on this date. It was the worst day of my life. As I look back from a year ago today so much has changed in my life, as I am sure much has changed in yours. Leah and I are expecting another boy (Nolan) sometime in the next month or so. Maddux is becoming quite the daredevil, getting in to everything, but I love it and I love them!
I am writing this email as a healing process I am still going through and will continue to go through throughout the years. Leah tells me I need to let it out sometimes and I guess this is one of those ways to do that. I have days where it doesn’t tug on me all the time and I have days where this is all I can think about, especially since my mother and I were not on speaking terms when she passed away. I deeply regret my decision of not talking to her, but it happened and I cannot press rewind. Take it from me, if you have a problem with someone you truly care about please work it out with him or her, because unfortunately there might not be a tomorrow.
As many of you know I teach and coach high school students. I have been able to tell “my story” as I call it to many students over this last year. Some students listen and I am sure there are some that do not care, but I tell it anyway. It helps me get my feelings out and I hope someone can learn from my mistake. A couple of weeks ago something neat happened; a girl came up to me and thanked me for telling her “my story”. I said your welcome and did not think much about it. She then followed it up with before you told your story to our class I was not on speaking terms with my mother and shortly after it, I have patched things up and we are doing really well. That made my day and is the reason for this email. My mother was a woman who had some problems (we all do) but she always lent a hand to people who needed help and even today, her situation is still helping people.
I don’t get caught up in this email chain stuff, but I don’t mind at all if you send this to someone you care about, because I believe things happen for a reason beyond our control and you take life’s offerings (positive and negative) and do the best with it, at least that is what I am trying to do.
Thank you for being there for my family and thank you for being my friend,