At the tender age of 19 years old I learned I was going to be a father. At that point I had two options; either man up and become a responsible adult OR be an absent father and let the mother raise the kid; she’d probably do an OK job.
I chose the former and get my life in track. I left my dead-end job to pursuit an educational opportunity which opened many doors and changed my life.
The educational opportunity was a one year program that trained me in IT for six months and I was placed in an internship for the second six months.
This was my first experience in a professional/office environment. It was all so foreign to me. I had to learn soft skills as well as the technical skills.
After the one year was up I was awarded a scholarship to a local college geared towards working adults and the classes are in the evenings.
The second year and the subsequent four years I was working full time during the day and going to college full time at night.
For the past 16 years I’ve been driven to succeed because I want to set a good example for my son and show him that it’s possible to work hard and achieve more than what’s expected of you.
I wanted to prove to him that his environment and zip code doesn’t determine his future.
In short, I wanted to make my son proud; I wanted him be proud of his old man; I also wanted to be financially secure to provide a better life and opportunities for him.
I’m glad to say that I’ve been able to do achieve these objectives.
Soooo… That’s a long introduction to why am I making this new life altering change AGAIN
Because I’m still young and I want to visit other countries; I want to enjoy life, I want to participate in all sort of activities and have adventures with a partner.
Because I want to play and spoil the hell out of my grand children when the time comes; I also want to spoil the hell out of my nephew who I’m looking forward to meeting in 3 months, love you already Baby Lucas!
Because the older you get the more health problems arise if you don’t take care of yourself.
For the past 16 years I’ve been doing what I HAVE, which is not a bad thing. I always thought about my son before doing anything. I never stopped to think about what I WANT. In another two years my son will turn 18 and he doesn’t need me to be meddling in his life. I understand he will want to be independent. I will always be in his life but I need to think about what I want to do with my life when I don’t have to worry about my son as much anymore.
These are some of the reasons why I’m making changes in my life.
What has been the most significant change(s) you’ve under taken in your life?