The Path I Walk
The sun crests over the horizon line.
Changing the shadows of the dark into the glistening of the day.
It is a mirrored reflection of what has happened in my life.
My life was once cast over in the darkness of poor choices and broken dreams.
Now, my life is a beautiful image of perseverance and fulfilled relentless effort.
I used to feel as if I was standing against the wall of a dead end alley way, with all my past closing in on me.
Now, I can stand at the shoreline of my life and smile peacefully as the cool water dances against my feet.
My past is my past, it can never be changed and there are still some markers out there that may come to cash in.
But, be that as it may, I have accepted the man I once was in order to become the man I now am and the man I have yet to become.
It has taken years of blood, sweat, tears, broken bones, shattered hope, raging anger, faithless heartbeats and a an infinite deluge of tears from my eyes.
My face is weathered from life's storms but my eyes glare out into the future, focused on the potential.
I choose not to look back and stay stuck in the past, but I also do not ignore it.
I look back now, only to reflect on all the painful lessons learned.
I know I will still fall and fail and have pain in my life.
That is an inevitable reality for us all.
But I know, all the stumbling blocks that still lie waiting in my path are just obstacles that must be overcome.
Some I will choose, some will choose me, but all will be so valuable in molding me into the man I currently am and the man I still want to be.
For those in my past that I may have hurt or failed or abandoned, from the bottom of my heart, I offer my sincerest apologies.
Your forgiveness is all I can ask.
For those who have hurt me, failed me or abandoned me along this journey, know that you are forgiven and it is a weight you need not carry on your shoulders any more.
For those who have been steadfast, stoic, strong, supportive, encouraging, loving and offered guidance through my trials and errors, I wholeheartedly thank you.
I am and will always be a work in progress.
But know that I will put in the work, tirelessly, relentlessly, passionately.
To be a better man today for you, for my children, for my family, for my loved ones, but most importantly and without apology, For Me and the path I walk.