Usually you come to this site to read about the Titans, Preds or a topic related to local Nashville sports but I wanted to do something a little different because I turn thirty today.
I think everyone can relate to those thresholds you go through in life and now that I have a platform to share some of my thoughts, I felt like this would be a great opportunity for everyone out there to get to know the ‘Z’ of A to Z Sports a little bit better.
In the thirty years I’ve graced this earth, the number one thing that I’ve learned is that any situation can be turned into a positive.
For the most part, I look at life glass half full, with a realistic lens. You’re always going to have struggles and hard times pop up the older you get and it’s how you handle those that define you as person.
In my thirty years, I’ve been very fortunate. I grew up in a home with two parents who loved me and always pushed me to do what I wanted to do. I have a older sister with two kids under the age of three that bring me more joy than I can explain.
I have half of my grandparents left, who are both pushing 90 years old, and are more active sometimes than I am.
Yes, that’s my grandparents at the Texas version of Hooters.
I have a 10 month old puppy name Tux, who is my partner in crime. And, I’m surrounded by friends who are there when I need them to be there.
My career has been something that I never take for granted either. I’m not a cubicle guy or a telemarketer or a waiter or a construction worker. I talk for a living. I love sports because it’s something that brings people together and let’s them forget about the rat race of life. Just look at the last month of the Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup Final run. As a native Nashvillian, I feel closer to this city than ever before. So my goal as a kid was to find a way to make money off of talking about what I truly love.
So far, so good. And that is thanks to all of our A to Z Sports followers, who I can’t thank enough for being the backbone of what Austin & I do. We created this show with a simple twitter DM over five years ago working at our previous radio station. When we were both covering high school football on Friday nights, I asked Austin if he wanted to start a podcast. From there, we climbed the ladder from being a two hour Saturday morning show on an AM frequency (that nobody listened to, besides our parents) to eventually being a morning drive time show in a Top 50 market, all while we were both in our twenties. I’m proud to say that.
However, the best thing that could of happened was when we were called into the office one morning, and they told us that our radio show was being cancelled. It was hard to swallow then and was definitely a gut punch. But we’ve made bigger strides in the last 10 months of owning our own company than we did those three and half years we were on radio. The future looks bright and I’m excited to see where A to Z Sports is headed.
Looking back, I don’t have much to be down about after thirty years on this planet. Sure, I’ve been through heartbreak, tough times, getting fired, loss and the list goes on… But all of those things have made me who I am today, and I’m a better person because of it.
I find myself going back and watching Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech he made a few years ago. What I love about it is the reflection, the understanding and the drive to move forward. What he says makes so much sense to me.
My favorite line in that speech is, “it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates”. If you’re thankful and treat people with respect, good things happen. Simple.
So as Tim McGraw sings, “In my next thirty years”, I want to live life to the fullest and take nothing for granted. I want to travel and explore more of the world. I want to take chances, including going cage diving with great white sharks in Australia. And, I want to continue to grow as a person and entertain as many people as I can along the way. I’ll probably drink more beer than lemonade, though.
— Two things define a person, patience when you have nothing and attitude when you have everything —