What a humbling day. When I decided to start this blog I had two goals in mind: 1. Use it to motivate myself to keep pushing towards my goals, by being open about my plan it creates an extra level of accountability. I’m basically saying I’m all in, I’m either going to win big or fail publicly. Don’t worry, I’m not going to fail. 2. I thought it might be motivation for others who are either on their own journey or thinking about their own journey.
When Tampa Bay Times writer Joey Knight contacted me about sharing my story, I said yes quickly, because it furthers my two goals. My only hesitation was I didn’t want to celebrate a victory at halftime. To steal a sports analogy, you have to play to the whistle. I didn’t want to be Stony Brook and be up 25 points right before halftime in the men’ basketball CBI tournament game against USF only to lose the game. But I also realized that this was the opportunity, Joey is a talented sports reporter, he has time for a story like this because ESPN is showing lawn mower races during our quarantine.
As a side note, I’m downright giddy to be called a super fan of USF. I almost want to order business cards with that as my title.
I’m humbled and thankful that Joey took the time to share my story, much more eloquently than I shared it with him. I was blown away that Barry Clements and Jose Fernandez took the time to share nice things about me, two people that I respect so much. I’ve been struggling to find the words to say thank you to so many incredible people who have shared a word of encouragement. If I am ever measured by the company I keep, then I am set for life, because I have been and continue to be surrounded by the most incredible group of friends and family that a person could ever ask for.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Keep in touch, the journey isn’t over, together we will get there, and if you want to take your own journey towards a healthier life, let’s go down that road together.
Here is the link to the article: https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bulls/2020/05/04/usf-super-fan-mike-stuben-winning-a-weighty-battle/Here