I’ve had big problems this week. First, Facebook suspended my personal account until I passed an ID test to prove my identity was real. Then Facebook shut down my X Fitness Welland account and told me to start a page instead. Then, I got a cold. Then, I twisted my right leg as I was leaving the squat rack. Then, gas prices went up overnight. Then, the temperature dropped below seasonal values. Then, I got writer’s block yesterday while writing my new interrogation book. There’s more. It’s been a rough week.
Exactly one hundred years ago today, the toughest human being I’ve ever met was born. November 15, 1913. No one I’ve met in my life was a tougher fighter who fought through more adversity than my mind can comprehend. I knew him for 29 years and not once did I give him the credit he deserved. In fact, I spent the majority of those 29 years being an asshole to him. It took a lot of time to open my eyes. Among all the fucked up things I’ve done, that ranks near the top.
I am embarrassed and ashamed at my audacity to have ever used the word ‘problem’ at any point in my life. In comparison to his life, mine has been spoiled beyond belief. I’m ashamed and embarrassed that I used the word “adversity” in a football article last week in relation to a little boys’ game where one team tries to run with a ball while the other team chases him. I never have and never will experience his struggle. WAKE UP. That’s what my inner voice constantly reminds me when I think of his struggles in comparison to mine. WAKE THE F UP is what my inner voice screams every November 15th. SHUT THE F UP is what my inner voice shouted on November 11 when I remembered what he went through after my first-world complaining polluted the environment on that very day just four days ago.
Their struggles were tough so ours would be easy. Wasting their sacrifice is sinful. There’s the strongest motivation I need. Don’t need posters, don’t need videos, don’t need seminars. Wake up to those around you who are paving your way, while its happening. Open your hearts to open your eyes now. Don’t wait until their 100th birthday.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.