It has taken a while, but I've finally built up the courage to start a website.
For those who don't know, I'm the website writer for the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants. As well, I'm the Vancouver correspondent for The Fourth Period.
However, my hockey-related stories won’t be on here.
Ever since the Vancouver Canucks did a documentary on me in May 5, 2015, and it got such a positive reaction, I thought about creating a website where I write about my life outside of hockey. I put it off, because I believed no one would care enough about what I do to visit the page.
My birthday was on Jan. 10, but I didn't really celebrate it until later in the week.
During that week, I went to lunch with Bill Jackson, one of my life mentors, and his wife, Lenny Jackson. On the drive home, Lenny asked me something about which I had never thought: “Have you ever thought about doing motivational speaking?”
“No,” I replied. “I've never really thought about it.”
“You should look into it,” she said. “I think you would do great.”
“Yeah,” Bill said.
As I returned home, I couldn't stop thinking about the idea. Then, I had a flashback when I recalled a previous idea of creating a website.
Last year was by far, one of the worst years I have ever experienced.
Everything that I had hoped wouldn’t happen did. There were a number of things that, well, let’s just say it was a bad, bad year.
Just name it, and it likely took place for me last year. I go through garbage every day, and by that I don't mean searching for empty soda cans inside litter bins so I can collect and re-sell them.
But last year was a nightmare.
So, I said to myself, I've got nothing to lose. I'm creating a website. I wanted to turn a negative into a positive.
It will motivate me to not only write about my days, but also take photos and videos so I post them on here. It will be therapeutic for me. The main purpose of all of this is when I'm going through a bad day, I can come on here and read about a good one.
Looking back, I wish I had listened to myself and launched this last year. Aside from hockey, I've been a big supporter of professional wrestling, especially WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) since I was born.
For years, I had wanted to go to an edition of Monday Night Raw or a pay-per-view event. Well, I finally did on Aug. 10. It was in Everett, and it was one of the greatest nights of my life. I could just be myself, and chant things at the top of my lungs until I lost my voice.
I didn't need to be a professional observer; I could just be a spectator sitting in the stands. It was great. I didn't take many videos or photos, but if I had had a website, it would have motivated me to do so.
I truly hope people come on here, read what I'm thinking or experiencing every day. Why? If I am going through a bad day, I will write about it. Someone just might read it and say to themselves, “Hey, I'm experiencing that, too. I am not alone.”
On the other hand, if I am having an awesome day, I want to make an example with my own life to show people that whatever they are experiencing, it will get better.
It doesn't help staying quiet. I've realized that, and I want to use my experiences to help others.
I've never done motivational speaking. I would think it's similar to wrestlers cutting a promo in the ring or during a backstage segment.
To be honest, I'm not even sure if I'd be completely comfortable doing that yet. That's why I'm using this as my outlet instead.
There are days where life isn't really exciting or nothing really happens. On those days, I will write about my opinions and feelings about certain professional wrestling topics.
It gives me a place to write about my other passion too.
Many people over the years have asked me what Passion Over Sleep means. If you ask anyone who knows me well, they will tell you that I'm crazy about my passions and don't sleep until work is done.
That's why my followers on Twitter see me send out things at weird times of the day.
I love my job. It's all hours.
Well, until the off-season. That's usually when I get my sleep back.
I don't know how many people will visit this website and join me on my journey.
All I do know is, it's going to be a wild trip.
I'm going on a trip in April. I'm not going to reveal where or for what just yet, but it's going to be the one I will never, ever, ever forget.
That's for sure.