Have you ever listened to a song and realised it is speaking to your heart like no other has?
This happened to me this morning. As I listened to the song, “Road less travelled” by Lauren Alaina (yes, I love country music). I listened long and hard to the words coming through my headphones. “You won’t make yourself a name if you follow the rules” was what first caught my attention.
I never set out to make a name for myself. I certainly never imagined that I would be well known by the name ‘Britenay’, yet here I am. And how did I get here? Did I follow the status quo? Hell no!
Following high school, I was well on route to apply for a degree at university. In fact, I was considering studying a bachelor of management studies. I even contemplated a future as an accountant, of all things. Yet professional wrestling kept calling me, so I decided to just go for it while I was young. I had no intention of following it very far. I had no idea where it would go but it felt right, and I needed to give it a go.
For years I worked hard, in and out of the ring. There was a time where I only had a part time job. I had no car and could barely pay my way. I walked to work every day. Rain, hail or shine, I walked 40 minutes each way to and from work to sit in a retail store and be abused by middle-aged, rich women for 4 hours.
Long story short, here I am today. Working for a large New Zealand corporation, helping other people work to their best potential and lead fulfilling lives. I’ve now been wrestling for over 10 years and am considered a senior member of Impact Pro Wrestling, a company I feel privileged to represent. I’m writing my own blog regularly, something I had dreamed of doing for many years. And studying for a Diploma for my next career goals, with hopes of starting my own business.
It’s amazing, when you set your mind to something and work hard for it, what you can achieve.
In having a conversation with my manager recently, reviewing the past few months and looking ahead at the year, she commented that I had a lot going on this year. Yet, this seems to always be the case for me. I’m always striving for more and looking for the next challenge. Listening to that song this morning, and this conversation fresh in my mind, it really hit home that the road I’ve taken in life certainly is one less travelled. It is like no other. It’s my road.
The road I’ve travelled hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes, I’ve even contemplated giving up completely and living a simpler life. I’ve thought about packing up, moving far away and starting over as someone else. There are times when I couldn’t always see the happy ending. I needed support and constant reminding from friends and family about why life was worth living. I needed reminding that, even when I thought I had nothing, that I had everything I needed.
In life, all we have control over is ourselves. Our decisions, our attitudes and our actions. In the low times, like this, I remind myself to focus on that which I can control. I remind myself of my goals in life. That I want to inspire others to be more empowered and live more fulfilling lives. I remind myself that I can’t inspire others by doing nothing, that I need to be proactive and show them how.
We don’t know what our futures hold. All we can do is plan ahead, work towards our goals and try to make the future what we dream it to be. I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason. That things always work out in the end. Sometimes we just need a bit of reminding of that.
I’m proud to say that I am truly happy with where I am at in my life. I’m grateful for the road that I’ve travelled. With all its ups and downs, I wouldn’t change a thing. The bad times helped me to learn the lessons I needed to learn. The good times are great memories to reflect on. Every person I’ve met has made an impression on my life in some way, shape or form. I can only hope that I have done the same for them.
I’m excited for what my future holds because I know I will rise to the challenge. It will be my unique journey in life. Through the struggles, I know I’m surrounded by amazing people that will help me get through nearly anything. I’m excited because looking back at the journey so far, and what lies ahead, I feel like this is only the beginning. I welcome you to come on the road less travelled with me. Let’s make a name for ourselves, Brit Army and rise to our fullest potential!
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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