The intensity in following one’s dream is not shown to me by an N.H.L. star or a M.L.B. player it is by a 9 year old boy who happens to be my nephew Alfredo. He has been on skates since he was 1 year and ten months. He loves the game and relentlessly pursues getting better at his hockey game. Now he is 9 years old and on a rep traveling team. He is pursuing the best grades in school too. He is not the most talented player or the smartest student but he is the hardest worker and with purpose.
No one gets to this place of accomplishment alone. His grandparents are big supporters being at and making sure the finances are in place for hockey camps and new equipment. His parents and siblings are on board with his commitment to get better each and every day. He is a driven little boy with a measured approach to hockey and life.
He comes from a family of overachievers on his mom’s side of the family. My dad a welder and high school welding teacher in a high school from humble beginnings. My mom Alfredo’s grandma was a nurse for over 20 years and achieved her dream at the age of 40. His mom is a talented manager, baker and cook. Teaching ESL and now being a writer and blogger by the grace of God I have overcome and achieving my dreams as a writer and poet. all of these achievements takes intensity ,desire, determination and dedication to one’s craft. Alfredo and his brothers Finnegan and Seamus have quite a heritage. May they always follow their dreams and seize each day.
Who inspires you to follow your dreams? What energizes you to make your dreams come true? What are you passionate about? Do not let anyone or anyone get in your way of achieving your goals. Be blessed and keep the faith that tomorrow is a new day where you can make another step towards following your dreams and making it a reality.
By Ty Stingel
September 26, 2013