"Fight your inner battle" - Dan Jones
It's been a while but we are back! and always accepting submissions. Today's post is highlighting someone close to me, my cousin Daniel. Daniel is about 5 years older than me and I've always looked up to him like an older brother. He grew up in my house as kids and has always been a big part of my family. I think it takes a lot of guts to put your battles out there for the world to see you in a vulnerable or what was a vulnerable time. Keep killing it and winning
Daniel! Let him know what you think, you can reach him here: Instagram: @danssocooldude
"I’ve been a quitter my whole life. It was the easiest thing to do. I was lazy and envious of the people doing better than me. I was selfish and it ruined all of my relationships. I never wanted to accept it or talk about it, so my resentment festered in my mind, corrupting my conscience.
“Why isn’t anything working out well for me?”
“Why can’t everything just be readily available to me?”
“I don’t feel like putting in that much work, maybe, if I wait, it’ll happen.”
I couldn’t stand myself, but I wouldn’t admit it, I was unhealthy and hated my body. I was a ball of self loathing. I couldn’t love myself, so I couldn’t love anything else. I hurt people and I couldn’t ask for forgiveness. I was alone and isolated.
I still harbor many of these feelings. I still don’t love myself like I should and I’ll forever be imperfect, but I can see with absolute certainty, that I have shed some of the weighted skin, that wanted only for himself. Feed your mind with love and support, you are your own hero. Fight your inner battle, because the enemy is always ready.
I want to grow into the man, my friends & family can be proud of. Someone they can depend on. I believe life needs people like that.
I don’t expect many of you to read all of this. I mostly made it as an open confession. Exposing myself to the world. I wanted to show what changing your mindset looks and sounds like. Life isn’t easy, it’s suffering, but you know what man? You’re not alone. Look, Dan Jones, the guys who is always smiling and laughing, has demons. Maybe seeing this will reach one of you guys?
I’ll help you, but you need to ask for it. Don’t expect it. That was my biggest fault.
Love you guys. Thanks for reading of you did, took a lot of courage to do this, believe it or not.
Dan Jones. "