Reality Check - What Motivates You?

Again I would like to start with this quote that has a lot of meaning to me!

‘’The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!’’

I would like to underline “The world ain´t all sunshine and rainbows”. I will explain why as I write.

First of all I would like to say I am a 19 years old so to do what I do comes as a big shock to a lot of people. By this I mean the strict diet that I follow, the times I go to train in the gym and my refusal to drugs, alcohol and whatever else which can potentially be bad for my health.

Well, it is a shock until people get to know me and learn to understand where my source of determination, discipline and motivation comes from. This comes from a person called Agostinho Martins. Yeah, Martins is my family name and this person is my dad! He is not known worldwide, he didn’t even like to go to the gym, but this person has resisted everything that life has thrown at him and always fought and overcame it!!!

Well my attachment to my dad started when I was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Most of you know you are not able to properly go to the bathroom to release your bodily fluids. The only option for my dad at the time was a kidney transplant and within our family his own mother, a great lady, was compatible to him so they could do the transplant. This is not an easy operation especially 15 years ago and where I came from in Portugal it was not as frequently done! Maybe 20 a year, maximum where done at the time. Of course when you are 3 you really do not realise how dangerous it is for your dad. However, as the years passed and I grew up I was a happy kid but I never had the luxury of my dad being able to go to the pool with me or play football. This is something that most people that I knew had at that time with their dad. This did not mean I stopped liking my dad we just enjoyed ourselves in other ways whether it was watching movies, playing bowling, or even sometimes just playing cards.

Again life is not all sunshine and rainbows and dark times were again to come when I was around 10-12 years old! Both of my father’s kidneys stopped working and my mum at the time was not being a very nice person to him. It was one entire month in the hospital, never knowing if he would survive or die. Again, as always, he fought with everything he had and was able to get up once again. At this time he had to live with a machine, using a tube he had in his stomach! My dad had to plug it in the machine and during the night all the liquids would be removed. However this didn’t mean he was ‘safe’ because if he got ill he was weak and he did get ill a few times!

As time went by, I quickly turned 15 which is a very easy age to be influenced by alcohol and drugs, but having the dad that I had I was never able to follow that road, why? Because I know if he keeps on fighting it’s because he want to see his youngest kid succeed in life. As I write this tears are filling my eyes as it’s very emotional to me.

Things were then stable in the Martins family but in 2008, which I still remember as if it was yesterday, I was in class and my class director called me and I thought ‘’damn did I do something bad?’’ At this time she was serious but suddenly she dropped a smile and said ‘’André pack quickly they have found a kidney for your dad, you need to leave now to go to Lisbon where the transplant would take place.’’ Again it shows how me and my dad are attached; he said he would only have the transplant after he saw me. Again it’s a dangerous operation!

Well thank God! My dad saw me then went to surgery and 3 years have past and he is healthier than I ever remember him being. Other problems occurred during these years which are personal, but again he overcame them and always came up stronger than ever.

I think with this story many of you may understand how someone who is 19 years old like me, doesn’t want to and never wanted to get involved with alcohol, drugs or smoking. Sure, I have tried alcohol but now I can say that for 2 years I have not drank alcohol, except my dad’s homemade liqueurs! It just doesn’t interest me!

So again I will refer to the quote, my life was definitely not all sunshine and rainbows it was very dark sometimes, but the darkness would always disappear and this made me the person I am today! Now, I keep on growing and being better in what I study and practice. Fitness is a huge passion of mine and I feel the reason I have been so motivated is because of what my dad taught me, to never give up!

As I work harder with my training and diet I see my dad get more and happier because of what I am achieving! I think he is also excited at the prospect of what I can achieve in the future with my determination! For me, my life long motivation is my DADDY!

Once again thanks for reading and hope my life story will inspire you to pursue and reach your dreams. Whatever you inspiration, make sure that you remain true to it and use it when you don’t feel like doing something, because it will certainly push you on when you don’t want to be pushed on!

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