I Don’t Want It to Be Over

What a great week this week. I have been blessed this week in presenting at two different client conferences. One presentation to a group of 30 amazing Red Shoes leaders and another to a group of over 3,000 Mindshare-strong individuals, with my associate Rick Banovich. All of these amazing people, in my opinion, get and practice Red Shoes living! As I sit in my hotel room reflecting on this week and, quite honestly, wanting to be home with my own family. I couldn’t help but think about a Red Shoes story that was brought to my attention and that I knew I needed to share with all of you in the Red Shoes community. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in this great story.

“I don’t want it to be over”

If you were 70 years old (and not has healthy as you would like to be) and looked around your world and reflected on your life, your family, your experiences, your career, and your future (yes your future) and simply said, “I don’t want it to be over! My life is simply too great and I still have a lot to live for!” what would you do?

I would like to tell you what one 70-year-old decided to do. He went for it. He put himself out there and along the way inspired many to never ever say they were too old or in too much pain to go on.

There is a twist to this story, however. This 70-year-old man is a little boy. He is 7 years old, weighs 15 lbs., is 27" tall, and his name is Josiah Viera. He has Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, which causes accelerated aging in children. Only 1 in 4 million (roughly 13 kids in the United States) have this disease.

Josiah has many loves—most importantly, his amazing mother Jennifer Viera, his sister, and his entire extended family. But, second only to his family, he loves baseball!

Rather than write any more, I would like to share a video that Tom Rinaldi and ESPN sports put together about this amazing little boy, his amazing family, and a little league baseball outfit that simply get what wearing Red Shoes is all about.

I hope and pray for all of you regardless of your situation that you are saying to yourself that you don’t want it to be over. That you realize that you are special and that you will and do influence and inspire those around you. Every person is here for a reason and that journey alone is worth exploring even if it takes awhile.

Josiah, may we all learn from your courage, love, and true desire to live life to its fullest. May God bless you and your family. We love you.

—Your Red Shoes Friends