• Where Have I Been: The True Success

    As many of you know, I have been somewhat missing in action the past couple of weeks from Social Media and many of you are dying to know, “Where have you been?”

    Three weeks ago, I set out on a journey to Florida while having a vacation. My intentions were to help a friend in need who is dying from Cancer, fulfill my passion of making my first Tweetup a success and grow my business.

    As we all know, we stumble upon many roadblocks and encounter dead end streets along the way. As a result, these roadblocks and dead end streets are how we learn and teach others how life operates.

    My first roadblock started when I decided to have a fun night out on the town alone. Little did I know this night out on the town would not only give me a second chance at life but also show how powerful and crucial Twitter, our friends and family are.

    To make a long story short, I encountered a monster who not only used me but almost ended my life with the sip of a couple drinks that they had been contaminated with a deadly drug mixture. Upon collapsing, I arrived at the hospital where nurses and doctors had to fight to bring me back to life.

    While this was going on, my Sister who hadn’t seen or heard from me in days began to rally on Twitter for help to locate me. Thousands of people began to instantly send out tweets, call law enforcement in the area that I was last seen or heard in. Finally after 24 hours of waking up in the hospital, I was thrilled and happy to let everyone know where I was.

    After being in the ICU unit for four days, I began to reflect on what had just happened. I was amazed to learn how powerful Twitter was with all the support and prayers complete strangers were sending my way. I also learned to never take life for granted. It is very precious, amazing and something we are not promised. I am very proud to say how lucky I am to be able to experience just how precious, beautiful and amazing life is.

    I continue to ask for your prayers as I recover. I did suffer lasting effects such as nerve damage in one hand, severe weight loss and illness. With the continued support and prayers, I will conquer the lasting effects as I am well on my way to a healthier and better me.

    A few other roadblocks I encountered while in Florida was trusting people. The home I was staying in was a complete disaster. Little did I know that the Cancer patient’s home had two other occupants staying there that were so called helping take care of my friend. They were homeless and had no where to go and was taking advantage of. I supplied everyone with food, etc everyday.

    After returning home from the hospital, I had also learned that nearly all of my belongings had disappeared. I immediately called a great friend who lived over an hour North of the area. He then came and got me until the time for my Tweetup. In hopes of putting what all happened behind me and focus on the future, I began to develop a deeper sickness in which I couldn’t seen to get rid of.

    After a couple of nights staying there, around 3am, an intruder decides to enter the residence while I am sleeping and slip right by me and steal my laptop. After calling the police, they were able to retrieve my laptop in the neighbors yard with no damage.

    Again blessed and thankful.

    The day had come to travel 3 hours away and do my Tweetup. Upon arriving in the area that my Tweetup was to take place in, I began to realize I had been lied to in regards to having transportation to my Hotel. Not once but twice by so called friends. I waited around for hours and hours and began to realize, it is time for the journey to come to an end. So first thing the next morning, I boarded a plane to come back to NC.

    Yes, I was sad that my journey was an unsuccessful experience that I hope no one has to ever encounter. A week later now that I have had time to reflect back and think about all of the overwhelming experiences I encountered, I think, “There really is true success in this journey that I can share with everyone.”

    Below, I will share with you the true success of what I learned.

    Success

    Always remember there is someone worse than you. Be thankful of current situation.

    Embrace life. It’s fragile. Handle with care. We are never promised tomorrow.

    Set boundaries. Be strong. Show the other person how powerful you are.

    Always be aware of your surroundings.

    Enter everyday with a goal and backup plan.

    Tell your online and offline friends daily how thankful you are for them.

    How powerful prayer and social media is.

    Life experiences can be bad and good. Unfortunately, what I encountered were bad ones. I was blindsided, had a vacation ruined, stole from, almost killed and left stranded. At first I looked back and thought, “Wow”, I have been crushed. As the past week has progressed, I now think, “I may have had these bad things happen to me but I am proud to say that I am still me, have my integrity, great friends and can teach others”.

    I want to thank 3 fantastic ladies for inspiring me to write this post and being there for me during the life changing events I encountered.

    @Onemomsworld – Thank you Sis for the hard work you did in helping get the word out to help locate me. Not only did you rock Twitter in getting support but you made me realize just how wonderful, powerful and successful social media is.

    @CynthiaKSeymour – Huge props and thank you to Cynthia for traveling over an hour away to spend time with me in the hospital when we had never even met in real life. She took the time to go and purchase me a cell charger to keep me active on Twitter and let others know that I was going to be okay. Not to mention, the tasty goodies she brought me.

    @MichelleSedas – Thank you Michelle for the phone call you graced me with in helping me determine how to write this post. As soon as we spoke I was instantly soothed by your pleasant voice and power driven to share with others what I had encountered. Thank you for the direction you gave me.

    @Kimbra_Lee – Thank you Kim for the constant prayers and support you gave me during the duration of while I was in Florida. You reached out daily several times to let me know that you were there. It’s people like you that make me thankful, stronger and give me hope to push forward for a brighter tomorrow.

    @Nickelnm – Thank you to Nicole for constantly tweeting me and checking on me while in the hospital and after. Nicole it will soon be a year since we met in real life and I am so proud and honored to be able to call you a friend.

    I also want to thank everyone in my online life who showed support during these trying times. This is a perfect example of how important it is to build relationships and stick with them. Next time when you set out on a journey or start a new project and it is not a success, remember when we fail we can turn that fail into a true success.

     

     

     

     


     

     

6 Responsesso far.

  1. Chele says:

    I am so glad you are okay!! If it wasn’t for Sarah and Jen tweeting and Facebooking I would not have known. Therefore, I would not know prayers were needed. I’m thankful for social media too… for your sake! Things happen, bad things to every single person… it’s how we handle it that matters. So glad to “hear” your voice!

  2. Cindy says:

    Glad you’re back home and finding something positive in all this!

  3. Paula Kiger says:

    It is not good (at all) that you had to go through all of that. I am amazed by the good that you are already searching for again and understand the challenges you will have learning to trust again.

    Thank you for sharing your story; it must have been hard to do but I think it will help others.

    Paula (@biggreenpen)

  4. Ed Han says:

    I don’t even know how to process all of what’s happened.

    Jason, I’m grateful to know that the good people you do know were able to help extract you from such a predicament. I think it says something about the kind of man you are that people were willing to drop what they were doing to help you when you needed them.

    I’m glad to know that you’re safe.

  5. dina freeman says:

    Jason – I can’t tell you how happy I am that you are ok. Jen loves you so much and was a total wreck that night. I think we were all holding our breath while tweeting and facebooking away trying to find you. I’m so glad you understand not only that you are loved but that life can be tough – but you have to take the experiences it sends your way and learn from them. Very glad you’re home. Welcome to the next phase of your life! Something good is around the corner.

  6. My goodness, what a tale! Have you recovered more now or are you still having some issues? Dude, this is why people have to vet their friends and colleagues better, and I’m sorry you had to go through this to learn that one. Onward and upward!

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