Depression sucks. I get it. I can’t say that I have chronic depression, but I’ve definitely had my fair share of ups and downs. There was a two year gap where I didn’t have any friends at all and nothing to look forward to in the morning. At first, this made me panic. However, I learned to manage over a long period of time. Still, I was just getting by. I wasn’t actually enjoying myself every day, and that’s why the depression kept coming back time and time again. I would have good days, I would have bad days, and the days where my head wasn’t in it. I couldn’t figure it out.
When I was getting trained to be a quarterback by QB whisperer, George Whitefield, he told a story about Johnny Manziel in college. They were up on the phone one night, talking about practice at Texas A&M and the upcoming battle against number 1 ranked Alabama. In the middle of the phone call, George Whitefield said something along the lines of, “You know if you win on Saturday, they’ll be calling you the Dragon Slayer”. The rest of the story is A&M, featuring Manziel and star receiver Mike Evans would go on to outmatch the Alabama defense and upset them 29-24. Johnny had slayed the dragon.
It’s important that we identify which obstacles we are facing in life. If you don’t identify the obstacles that are blocking your path, you will lack purpose. It can be as simple as the work assignment in front of you, or taking on the number one team in the NCAA.
We all have dragons to slay and mine was depression.