It’s YOUR fault... and here’s WHY
One day, I, Chris Mosley Jr., found myself doing what we all have done at one point: sitting on the toilet for an EXTRA 25 minutes because I'm scrolling down my Facebook page. And I came across a question someone asked that almost seemed to literally jump out my phone, grab me by the throat and throw me down memory lane. It spoke to my soul, it made me reflect and come to major conclusions on my life. Hell it made me sit an EXTRA 15 minutes on the toilet while my 17 month old son banged on the bathroom door begging for something to eat.
The status read like this: To all my older athletes that DIDN'T make it to the pros: WHAT WAS THE REASON YOU DIDN'T MAKE IT? SELF BLAME ONLY! I don't wanna hear "the coach ain't like me" lol
As an ex football player who STILL feels well connected to the game and had high hopes to be a hall of fame, super bowl winning, celebrity wide receiver this made me think. We all have "excuses" on why we aren't making top 10 plays on ESPN, but what's the TRUE reason behind my original dream not happening? I had to sit there and admit two hardcore facts: 1. I didn't work out HARD ENOUGH on a CONSISTENT basis.
I loved to work out, but I loved doing the workouts that made ME look good. I strayed away from certain workouts that were harder because....well shit they were HARDER...This kept my body from reaching strength and explosion levels I needed while in college. 2. I let my own emotions and outside opinions get in the way. I've been a Father since I was 16 years old. That and football was really all I knew by the time I was 22. I had a chance to go overseas to Germany and play professional football. The dream of getting paid to play a child's game was within my grasp. However, the "guilt" of "leaving my daughters behind" weighed heavy on my mental. I was told that a move like that would be extremely selfish. That I needed to "grow up" and accept the fact that I wasn't in the NFL for a reason. I allowed opinions of those close to me that never threw me a pass in a workout session to convince ME what was best for ME and MY situation.
However, I learned greatly from this as I began chasing this comedy career. I learned that certain sacrifices have to be made. Hard decisions that the common person wouldn't make have to be made. Not saying you have to be a "bad parent" or ignore people all the time. Instead, that when YOU know what YOU want out of life, YOU are responsible for getting it. No one should be able to hinder what YOU want out of life and the way you're going about it. That status made me realize that me not being a professional football player was MY FAULT. End of discussion. Not the concussions, not the city I was living in, not the lack of people in the right place to help me.
MY FAULT. So I say to you if you're an athlete, a singer, a dancer, a poet, an author, or just a basic 9-5 employee at Sprint, and if you haven't gotten to the level YOU see for yourself yet, it's YOUR FAULT. Change something, make a sacrifice, delete certain people from your life, add certain people, do whatever it is YOU have to do to obtain what YOU want. In the end, it'll put you in position to take care of the very people you care about. So get off the toilet and get to it!!