coming back stronger.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on August 9, 2010

in Reviews

One thing you should know about me: I am a voracious reader. I love, love, love books. When I was younger, I would carry around multiple books for two reasons: 1) to have my options, and 2) in case I finished one before I got home, I would have another. Although I no longer carry multiple books, I almost always have one on hand.

I was am kind of a nerd. I’m okay with that.

My latest read was Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the hidden power of adversity by Drew Brees.

While I am a fan of football, the autobiography of a player is never high on my reading list, but when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it immediately. After two trips to New Orleans for rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, the city worked its magic in my heart. It was never a place I thought much of before, but now, NOLA has a special place. It is a city that gets into your blood. The culture, the people, the music…I love it. When the Saints made the Superbowl, I had no hesitation of who to cheer for. WHO DAT!

Although Drew does talk throughout the book about some notable games from his career, particularly since joining the Saints, there are many life lessons in his journey. He talks a lot of never giving up, even when that seems like the easiest option. This isn’t just lip service for Drew: after dislocating his shoulder while playing for the San Diego Chargers, he not only fought his way back, but came back stronger, leading the Saints to franchise records, including the 2009 Super Bowl.

Drew talks a lot about how the team couldn’t just focus on the end goal of the Super Bowl, but rather, taking it one game at a time. This is something that really resonated with me. As a runner, it gets so easy to focus on the long-term goal. Right now, that is the half marathon in October. Yet, it is truly the day to day work that makes the ultimate goal a reality. I can’t successfully run a half marathon without working at it every day. I need to take it one run at a time, sometimes even one mile at a time.

So many of the life lessons Drew shares go far beyond the football field, but to life in general. Don’t give up. Finish strong. Turn your defeats into triumphs. Keep your family and faith first. Dream. HOPE.

In moving to New Orleans post-Katrina, he not only had to rebuild his career, but came into a city that needed rebuilding. Even today, almost five years later, there are many areas of the city that have not seen much improvement in the days since the storm hit. Don’t get me wrong, much of the city has drastically improved and for the better. But, New Orleans still has a ways to go.

After reading his story, I have immense respect for Drew. He has a lot of great insight and wisdom into life. I also love that he and his wife, Brittany, started the Brees Dream Foundation, which works in two areas: advancing cancer research and provide care, education, and opportunities for children in need. I think it’s easy for celebrities to start foundations, but not put their heart into it. I truly believe that is not the case for Drew and Brittany. His foundation supports a couple charter schools in the New Orleans area and he spends time with the students, walking around the halls of the building, getting to know the people.

Even if you aren’t a football fan, I highly recommend Drew’s book! 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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Astrid August 9, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I have been having the hardest time picking a new book to read lately. Any reccomendations? I usually like Jodi Picoult, but I have Vanishing Acts, and I’m just not motivated to finish it! When I was little I loved to read, but now I go through phases. Maybe the plane will give me the time needed to get into another reading phase.

mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

Have you read “The Help”? The author is Kathryn Stockett. AMAZING.

tanyasdaily August 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

saw your post at skinny runner..great post!

mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

Welcome and thanks! 🙂

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