Today I want to talk about Inspiration. We all have something, or someone that inspires us at some point in our lives. When I was younger I always looked up to my Father for how hard he works and how much fun he is to be around. But I think there comes a time in all our lives when you start to feel a change or find your meaning in life.
Before the tragic passing of my Daughter, I was determined to own a 2004 Saleen Mustang. I went to the Houston Auto Show in 2003 with my Dad and saw this amazing car there. I told my Dad, "I promise you one day I will have one of these." So I went through school and started my career as a BMW technician and had a poster taped to my tool box of a 2004 Saleen Mustang so that I knew what my ultimate goal is. Well 7 long years later, I have one sitting in my garage. Guess who drove all the way to pick it up in Albuquerque NM with me? My Dad!
The guy I bought the car from was a nice guy who shared the love for Mustangs that I do and took really good care of it. I could tell right away that he appreciated the nice things in life and didn't take them for granted. I didn't know why because he never told me, but I could tell that he had a positive outlook on life for some reason. Well today, I read on Facebook, that he posted people ask him why he is so positive all the time and you know what he said? Because when he was 16 his leg kept hurting for awhile and eventually he was diagnosed with a tumor in his leg. After months of rehab and learning how to be active again, he learned to never take things for granted. He was inspired to look at every day as a gift and now runs a mile in under 4:30.
I realized that Madison Paige Staats is that cause for me and Kellie to be inspired. I thought all day that I could not wait to get home and write this blog. I never wanted something so bad as that Saleen Mustang, and now I realize that I want to be a Daddy more. I have only had that car for about 2 months now....(got it about 3 weeks before Madison left us) but I would gladly trade it to have her back. She has inspired me to be the Daddy I was ment to be. She has opened my eyes to see what is really important in life. She has inspired Kellie to do Photography and explore her creative side. She has inspired my sister, who moved away from our family 10 years ago to move back to Houston to be with the family. She has brought so much joy and love to our family. She has inspired countless people to contact us and give us support.
I got a text today from a friend named Chris who is in the same club as me. His beautiful baby girl passed away from SIDS and he texted me today just to ask how I was doing. Through our conversation he told me that I inspire him. WOW. What a compliment. If i can inspire him to keep going another day than that is all I could ask for. Chris we have never met but you and me share a bond that I hope no other Father has to endure. I love you man and wish I could give you a big hug brother.
Thanks again for hearing me out today and for all the inspirational comments I have been getting. Thanks to my wonderful wife for encouraging me to do this so that I can help people who are in need of a fathers perspective. I love you all and hope you keep your inspiration close to you. I know I will!!!