Success will jump by. What matters most is that you jump.
I’ve been practicing jumping rope for the past few years. The first time I did it I had the sense of a new life. I remember jumping across the parking lot and running after the ball on the field where I had just caught the bouncing ball. This first memory is very vivid.
For me at least, it’s the moment of my life when my first real passion began. When I was about 10 years old my family moved to California and my dad bought a small house on a hill in Oakland. I became close friends with my dad and in the evenings I would help him with building projects. I remember one time, when I was maybe 11 years old or 12, I was building my dad a new living room. The walls were thin and I was able to make the room look nice. I was happy because the project was fun and the walls looked good. It was so good I didn’t notice until I was trying to climb up the ladder on the other side of the yard. That moment happened on an evening when I was playing with my friend, Michael. After we got done playing we began to jump rope again. I knew that if I fell off that ladder it was over. I jumped off the ladder and started running. In that moment I got my new life. My dad stopped me and told me to stop and return to the yard. The yard was a good place to make sure no one could see me. It was the best place for me to practice how to jump rope.
I jumped off the ladder again. This time it was over too quickly and I slid down the room. This would have ended the life of any teenager, but it didn’t. I didn’t care because I was playing basketball and it was all I was ever gonna be. I felt like if I didn’t become a basketball player then I would be something less than nothing. I knew I had to be one way or the other. I had to become something or I would be nothing. I was on a journey and knew I needed to make my mark. I don’t think I realized the full impact of what I was doing until I heard the comment “Don’t you get upset when someone jumps off the thing?” I responded with a couple of double-unders!