Storytime: Don't Give Up!
Mid 2020, as the world was caught off guard by covid-19, I received a phone call that would change my life forever. A voice said “Greg, your mother was attacked and is in the hospital”. I rushed to the hospital and found my mother covered in blood from head to toe. She had broken bones, burn marks, and lacerations everywhere. It had been some time since we had last spoken, so I had no idea what was going on. I found out that she was down on her luck and ended up homeless. Then late in one random night, two men attacked her.
At that moment, we each made a promise to each other. I promised that I would do everything I could to help her as long as she made some changes. She promised to make the changes. That was rock bottom for my mother but it was also an opportunity for a fresh start.
It has been a rough year of physical and mental recovery. She has stuck to her word and so have I. For the first time ever, she has her own place to call home and a support system that has her best intentions at heart.
I couldn't be more proud of her to have the humility to follow her son's guidance, the perseverance to fight through adversity, and the desire to want more. At one point in my life, I was embarrassed by her. Shame on me. Now, I can say that I'm inspired by her. I can’t wait to see the progress she makes with another year!
Greg is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native with a passion for personal growth.