Have you ever found your self in a bleak situation and figured no good could come from it? I’m here to tell you to Hang On! The good stuff may very well be coming.
As I started writing this piece I was in the office of CrossFit DSP. Our son, Phoenix was over in the strength room putting in work that no one will ever see. It was his first official day of summer and he asked to spend some time lifting weights. He has chosen not to return to school sports and focus on Olympic lifting and CrossFit training.
^^That sentence was so hard to type, because that decision was NOT made easily. This past year was a struggle. Sometimes getting up to go to football practice, when he would rather lift caused quite a bit of conflict at our house. Parental lectures were had: ”you are committed to your team, you are going to practice.” Yet, I silently admired his dedication to his sport. **background: his daddy coached Texas High School football for 16 years. Our kids grew up on the sidelines.
Almost as soon as he made his final decision to stop football, he received an invite in the mail. Phoenix accepted the extreme privilege of being an advocate for Barbells for Boobs. What does that mean? It means he lifts for a cause. He gets to use his talent to bring awareness to a non profit organization that attempts to ensure that EVERYONE has screening for breast cancer offered to them. It also means he wears a LOT of pink!
Breast cancer came into my life when my mom was diagnosed. She’s a success story. She lives and thrives years later. I got involved with Barbells for Boobs because I believed in it. Phoenix? His journey began when he was SO little, lifting on behalf of his grandmother.
The day that Phoenix met Zionna Hanson, founder of Barbells for Boobs.
If you had asked me how good could have come from my mom’s cancer, I could not have seen it, and I sure wouldn’t have thought it would continue to bless our lives years later. As I watched Phoenix struggle through football season, and wrestle with the decision to quit playing, I didn’t like it. But I love the outcome. I love that he realized just how much he loves his sport, and that he is ready to focus on his training. I am fully aware that could be the end of the story, but getting to join THE incredible team, Barbells for Boobs, and lift with a purpose? Makes it that much sweeter.
This was a fundraiser meet hosted by Barbells for Boobs.
Today at 4 Eastern, Phoenix lifts in Daytona Beach, Florida. (3 central for you guys back home!) He has qualified for USA National Youth Championship. Here’s the link to watch it live: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/LIVE (Proud Dad usually records his lifts and posts em on Facebook.)