While growing up as a young man my favorite pastime was basketball. I used to purposely wake up at 5 in the morning just so I could go to the basketball court and practice. I loved the sport and wanted so badly to turn pro. I was one of the playground legends here in Philadelphia and had no fear of going against anyone. For me, basketball was my way of life. I loved playing it more than I loved music. If I had a frustrating day, I would go to the basketball courts and take it out on whoever was trying to guard me. There were many basketball stars who came through and I did my best to embarrass them all. As much as I loved the sport, it wasn’t meant to be for me. During my senior year in high school I managed to tear my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my knee and while I was still able to play afterwards my basketball game was never the same. The bad news is that I actually damaged my other knee years later from trying to recapture my game. I remember going through surgery and the doctor telling me that it was about time to start wrapping up playing basketball. I was truly devastated. I felt that all my hard years of work went to waste and I had no idea of what I was going to do. Then I realized that I could go into “music.” I already knew a lot about it already and for me it would be an easy transition. I began playing gigs and have not looked back since. God didn’t give me what I wanted, but He surely gave me what I needed. I put a LOT into basketball, but music was my God given talent. I didn’t realize it back then, but my devastation turned out to be my biggest blessing. I still love the sport. I always will. However, I can now watch “other” people play it without having to worry about being injured again. My kids appreciate that. Sometimes we all need to look within ourselves to find the blessings we have. You may not see them now, but they are there. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Stylistics in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar