Rise Above Your Circumstances – A Story of Milk & Flight

flightFlight. What an amazing thing. The Wright brothers discovered back in the early 1900’s that to fly, you must defy the law of gravity. They were essentially working against that which is meant to keep us here on Earth.

Just imagine the mindset of the Wright brothers as they were hard at work trying to defy the natural law of gravity, and running into obstacle after obstacle. Plus, people must of considered them crazy back then. It was absolutely absurd that they even thought they could leave the ground.

I too have a story of flight.

When I was in 10th grade I was forced to drop out of school due to the conditions of my home life. Long story short, a preacher’s family took me in and tried to give some normalcy to a pretty hectic life. They tried enrolling me back into school but was told they couldn’t since they were technically not my legal guardians. I would have to go into state custody to go back to school.

I was forced to get my GED, but it always bothered me that I lost my opportunity to graduate high school.

Fast forward to when I was 24 years old. I was married, working a clerk job and had a young son. I went to Walmart to purchase milk for my child one day and was short at the registered. I went home digging for change…crying the whole time. I couldn’t buy milk…MILK! Something had to give.

I told my then husband that I wanted to go back to school so that I could change our lives. This barely making it paycheck to paycheck was no longer working. He told me I’d never make it. I went to the local technical school anyhow.

I took the entrance exam and was promptly told that I would have to take remedial classes before I could even begin the college courses. Isn’t that just great, I thought. I pushed forward and made it happen.

For six long years, I was a full-time mom, wife, employee and college student. Eventually, I switched from a technical college to a university. Life was difficult and I gave birth to two more children during this time.

I had come to a point in my life where I knew I had to take flight or I wasn’t going to go anywhere. Like the Wright brothers, I had to defy gravity – I had to overcome my circumstances. I discovered a will inside myself to not just live, but to thrive!

Moral of the story is that you are the only one who can determine whether you fly above your circumstances or allow them to hold you down. People will tell you that you can’t do it… especially those closest to you. The beautiful thing is that you don’t have to have anybody’s approval. Your internal belief that YOU CAN AND YOU WILL succeed is all you need.

The Wright brothers could have easily listened to the critics and gave up on the notion of mechanical flight. I could have easily wiped my tears and said it was just a gallon of milk.  Thank God my story didn’t end there.

I walked across a stage on December 13, 2013 as my three children watched from the stands. Their momma was the first person ever in her entire extended family to graduate college. They are now happy & healthy, and I haven’t cried over milk since.

Find your voice…your courage. Defy gravity and write your own story of flight.

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