Never Quit

Growing up, like many others, I had a late growth spurt. To be honest, I was late to everything. Ugly duckling syndrome, the weirdo, you name it. I grew up in a Haitian household, so many things that my peers were into and enjoyed, I really had no idea about. For instance, basketball. I  loved basketball with all my heart, my first love! The bad thing about it was when I started playing, all of my peers had at least a 5 year head start on me. I would work tirelessly just to be picked up for open runs and pick up games on the court.

I went through my whole middle school career not making the basketball team, I walked into my freshman year of highschool and didn’t make the basketball team. As you could see at a very young age I saw failure more than I would’ve liked. I stood about 5’3 – 150lbs. I was told I was too short, I wasn’t strong enough, I was chubby, I wasn’t fast enough, I sucked, I was wack, any and everything kids I thought were my friends said to me. After my freshman year I made it a point to prove everyone wrong. I emulated my mom’s work schedule to out work everyone that I knew. My mom was up at 5am, I was up at 5am. My mom did a double shift that day, I did a two a day that day. My father was a hard worker as well, but I always had a special connection with my mother. Fast forward to the summer of my senior year in college, I stand at 6’3, 180 having conversations with agents figuring out if a contract to a team in South Korea was what I was looking for.

All that to say this- I loved myself too much to listen to what other people had to say that held zero weight in my life. If you love something, never let anyone steer you away. If you have a goal, go at it like your life depended on it. I was told I was chubby, I was told I was too skinny. At the end of the day, stay true to you. Everything else is noise from people that have internal battles that they can’t quite grasp.

 

-Stay the course

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21 Comments

  1. December 23, 2016 / 1:08 am

    Great photos !

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks!

  2. Coco
    December 23, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story, very motivational. Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Thank you COCO!

  3. December 24, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    That is true! Never give up Paul! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you pia!

  4. December 26, 2016 / 12:31 am

    This is such an inspirational story. You’re so right, always stay true to the course and forget all the noise. These photos are fire! Looking good brother!

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you for the love gail!!!

  5. December 26, 2016 / 9:26 am

    That’s a powerful post and a beautiful message. Thanks for sharing. Love the photos too.

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you so much Keyma!

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you Morgan!!

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed love!

  6. Chardline Chanel-Faiteau
    December 27, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I love this reflection. It reminds me of myself a lot. Coming into one’s own is a trying journey and I am happy you never gave up along the way.

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      I knew you would appreciate this!

  7. December 27, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Such a beautiful, inspiring post ! You are amazing and it’s wonderful that you are sharing your story and your style with the world !

  8. December 29, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    What a story bro! Thank you for the inspiration. Amen to never giving up. Much love dude!

    • thortonpaul
      January 3, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Dom my man! thank you !

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