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This is not just another fitness book - there are many of them published already. This book is unique because the main focus and desire is to help eliminate the epidemic of obesity, bullying and harassment that is hurting and holding back the youth of North America from developing their full potential. Our children are our future and they will face all the challenges life has to offer better if they are fit, healthy and mentally prepared. I want to help kids all around the world develop the Will Power and Mind Power to conquer the dilemmas and negativity that is holding them back from fulfilling their personal dreams and goals and leading them to a satisfying and joyous life.
Journal Entry 13
Epidemic is an inspiring book that is intended to motivate any individual, but particularly the youth of North America who are living with stress and not fulfilling their life’s potential due to the pain of obesity, bullying or harassment. This negative behaviour can seriously affect the self-esteem and personal growth of children and can be carried along with them well into adulthood. Epidemic addresses this growing problem and presents the answer on how you can overcome this epidemic.
My book teaches you how to have a positive outlook on life and how to make your dreams become a reality by showing you the path to success. By learning how to take control of your life through a positive attitude, visualization and meditation you will realize the answer lies hidden within you.
I’m on a mission to rid obesity, bullying, harassment and negativity from the lives of young people and it’s my hope that as a society who treasures their children we recognize that many are silently suffering from this epidemic. Epidemic can give your child the tools to overcome adversity and achieve the success they envision for their future.
People say things happen for a reason and I believe what happened to me was for a very profound reason. I suffered just like millions of you today are suffering from an enemy that was robbing me of my self-esteem and the ability to enjoy all that life has to offer. The enemy came with a name; it was called obesity, harassment and bullying.
February 4, 1996
Stumbling, I quickly headed to the bathroom of the east wing of the school. Locking the door behind me and panting from shortness of breath I leaned over the sink. Drums pounded in my head to the rhythm of my heartbeat and as my eyes slowly closed I grasped the small container. I wildly gasped for air and my eyes shot open as I heard the tormenting chants from my classmates begin to get louder and louder. They found me!
Their chants continued to get louder and their taunting voices were ringing in my ears. “Come on fatty get out of there!” “He probably can’t cause he’s too fat!” Breathing heavily from fear, beads of sweat began dripping to the rhythm of the leaking faucet, drip, drip, drip. Terrified, I felt as though I was shrinking and being drawn into the walls around me. Frantically, I popped the lid off the container and the round, white objects spilled onto the counter top scattering away from me like tiny mints.
The echoing chants die down and eventually stop giving my tormentors a chance to catch their breath. I look down, feeling dizzy. I see the red lid of the container starring back at me from the floor, the floor which seems unstable from my shaking legs. The chanting starts again and this time it’s louder, so much louder, and a deafening sensation takes over my hearing like if I were underwater, drowning in a sea of words. My sweaty hand slips off the counter turning my attention to the container. As I rub the sweat from my eyes letters begin to form on the bottle spelling out the word PAINKILLER. I turn the faucet to a warm poor. As I slowly lift my head and look into the mirror the image staring back at me was pale and withdrawn as the paper I write on. I could feel my eyes starting to burn as they exploded into uncontrollable crying.
The chanting escalates as I cup my hand into the water while reaching to scoop up the scattered pills on the counter top. Heavy pounding begins at the door. They’re coming in! Dropping the pills I slowly turn around and face the enemy at the door. I’m cold with fear not knowing who or how many were going to come crashing through. The chanting stops along with my heart. The door flies opens……… It’s my parents???? I quickly look around. I’m at home in my own bathroom. How can this be? I slowly begin to realize the chants were those in my mind being replayed from a situation that had occurred at school earlier on that week.
Without hesitation my shocked and bewildered parents hugged and comforted me while trying to make sense of the state I was in. Without answering them and too embarrassed to confide in them I began to realized that this fear could not continue, that I would not let it destroy my life and that I needed help to overcome it. That night as I lay pondering the episode that had just taken place I decided to take a stand. Not against the people that hurt me, but taking a stand to changing my life.
"I will awaken your inner inspiration and show you the path to success, it is up to you to walk it" - Jordan Ninkovich