Awesome Run Amuck!


This is a day that I will never forget! It is the day that I looked fear in the eyes and said, “I’m sorry but I want this more than you do!”

Today was the day that I was scheduled to speak to a high school writing class at Lawrenceville High School. It has been over a year ago that I last stood before anyone and talked about my writing. That audience was an amazing group of first graders and today it was seniors.

I had butterflies in my stomach before leaving and one of successes biggest enemies, FEAR, was trying to get in my way. Since I had been a while, doubt attempted to get inside my head and question if I could follow through with it, well I DID!!

I was led down the hallway and only two things were allowed into my head. 1.) A good friends advice that I had to be in a grateful state before going inside. 2.) Overcoming is what breeds success.

I showed them Marky, Slash, Levy, Barnie & Lexi. I spoke of all that I have learned on this crazy 13 year journey and when I asked for questions, a young mans hand in the very back slowly rose. He quietly told me that he wants to be the next Jim Hansen, creator of The Muppets. I told him in front of his classmates that I did not have to know him well to believe in him. I explained that the only one to stop him was him! I told him that no matter what, he can’t ever quit! A genuine smile came across his face and that sent an awesome rush through me and I loved knowing I helped encourage him.

I passed out samples of S.E. Illinois Family Living Magazine and my card before finishing my presentation. The teacher and I spoke for a while as the class read the magazine. It was then time to thank them all and return to my day job.

Today I came, fought fear and rocked this great day! Now, as I lay down, I can only hope I can sleep! Before I do, I want to wish you a great Tuesday ahead and hope you never stop believing!

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