This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney’s Queen of Katwe. All opinions are 100% mine.
All of the way through junior high and high school, I never thought about what I wanted to do next with my life after graduation. I didn’t think about going to college because I was pretty much tired of school. My grades weren’t bad or anything, in fact my GPA hovered around 3.8. It’s just that I wasn’t motivated and didn’t receive a push to do more after high school. My misdirected life took a turn when I went to enroll for my senior year. I was told that since I took a summer English class, that put me over the credit limit for graduation so the school system graduated me without me even knowing it. I didn’t get a chance to walk and I graduated a year earlier than all of my friends. I just turned 17, didn’t have a job, and wasn’t enrolled in college. I had no clue what to do next. Luckily, one of the student counselors felt sorry for me and hired me on as a temp in the school office filing paperwork. From then on I decided that I’d have a plan for my life and will stick to my plan no matter what.
Fast forward years later, I graduated with a Bachelors in Marketing, a MBA a couple of years later, and enlisted in the Army as a Technical Engineer and was training to become an officer. I was set and knew that I was heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, I can’t plan out certain circumstances in life and I got injured while I was in the field with my Army unit. Again, my life came crashing down on me.
I could barely walk, had to move back in with my parents to get help with daily task, and was discharged because of my back injury. My life’s plan was ruined because I had my heart set on serving our country for as long as possible, but that’s not how things worked out. I went into a deep depression and became reclusive. I didn’t have a job because I could barely walk or lift anything and always had doctor’s appointments or physical therapy. I was completely lost in life. One day I realized that I had to make a move and change things. I decided to work for myself. That way I could still keep my doctor’s schedules and feel a sense of fulfillment in my life. I’m no longer depressed or fearful of what may happen, even if life decides to get in the way of my plans. I was able to overcome adversity.
The story of Phiona in Queen Of Katwe resonates with me so well because she was able to overcome adversity, such as being homeless and poor, on her way to become a Master Chess Player at the age of 10. She had some setbacks, but her drive to learn and become better kept her going. That drive and willingness to overcome is what makes me a successful business owner today. I feel as though nothing can home me back, except myself. Have you ever had to overcome adversity? What have you done to make your move forward in life? You’ve read my story, but if you want to learn more about Phiona’s you can watch Queen Of Katwe now on Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere, on Blu-ray 1/31.