My name is James and this is my story.
After eleven years of marriage my parents got divorced because they both have incurable mental issues. (At that time I was just a baby). I lived with my mom until I was in third grade. She fed me lies about my grandparents and dad. At such a young age I didn’t know what or whom to believe. The lies ceased when my mom and oldest sister went to prison on drug charges.
About two years ago after eating at Spring Creek barbeque, my grandpa’s aorta ruptured. We rushed to the parking lot of Super One foods on Troup highway while I communicated with a 9-1-1 dispatcher. The ambulance met us there and rushed him to the hospital. When we got there the doctors told us that he had a three percent chance of living through the surgery. Heart-broken, we thought we were gonna lose him. Just when we thought all was lost, they told us that he made it through the surgery.
Shortly after, I was overwhelmed with feelings of depression. I felt like my sisters hated me and that I was all alone. I felt as if everyone liked my sisters more than me. I would cuss at my sister which is very unlike me. So in an attempt to flee my depression, I moved in with my mom in Terrell.
After about a month of being in Terrell I got into a wreck which amplified my depression. That’s when my mom started showing me her true colors. One night, we got into a major argument that ended with her cussing me out at 5 am while I’m trying to go to sleep. In the heat of the moment, I said a few words that I shouldn’t have. After that she kicked me out on the street so I moved back to Tyler. Three months later, I enrolled in the Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness Black Sash program, which is the best decision I have ever made.
I have thrived off of kung fu because it has made me realize that everything bad that has happened to me can never sum up to the good that I get from doing it. I’ve become part of the TKFF family, and I feel at home here. Now I feel a responsibility to help others that might be having a hard time, because before kung fu, I was right where they are.
The events that have occurred in my life has built my character and made me a stronger person mentally and emotionally. I have also become a more understanding person. My grandpa taught me to NEVER give up no matter what the odds. When I have kids, I won’t make the same mistake that my parents have made. So always remember NEVER QUIT, AND NEVER LOSE HOPE.