The feeling of empowerment is extraordinary. It’s a feeling of success and being fulfilled. No words can explain the emotions of empowerment when I learned to change my mindset and overcome self-doubt. My life and the world as I viewed it changed when I learned to control my mindset into a positive mind. It feels empowering to be in real control of my life. It was as if I was the sun rising and cutting through the darkness filling the sky with brightness. My days became brighter and brighter. I was in complete control over my emotions and feeling. Being empowered is amazing, because I was the one to pull me out of rock bottom. Of course I had the emotional support system, but I could not change unless I made the conscious decision to rise. Once I decided to rise my life changed drastically. This darkness and emptiness I once felt began to fade away. My journey wasn’t easy. I remember searching for freedom through alcohol and violence. None was helpful and certainly counterproductive. I am not proud of that moment in my life, but it was necessary for me to get to where I am today. I searched for comfort through food. I abused food and gained weight. I am 5’11” with a medium frame and at my heaviest I weighed 265 lbs. I currently weigh 190 lbs., so I was extremely overweight. Being overweight kept me in the state of depression. I finally made a conscious effort and decided I needed to do something about my weight in hopes that it would help my state of depression. I went into the local nutrition shop and joined a fitness and nutritional program. I was being coached in fitness and nutrition. This was a huge step for me, because this would be the change I needed. I learned nutritional discipline and applied it. I started losing weight and decided I can compete in a body building competition. About one year later I transformed my physical being and competed in the San Jose Championships Men’s Physique taking 5th place in my class. I felt so proud, I realized that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it. I was unstoppable. I started facing my true self and learning who I was. I was learning to forgive myself from my past. I began to love myself. That love I had for myself allowed me to truly love others. I started to become a better father, a better husband. I felt connected to my family. I felt connected to the world. I am self-aware. I began to love so deeply that the love I had for life was overwhelming. I felt free. I felt like I was a king in my own kingdom. My love continued to grow, it began to spill over my metaphoric cup. The love I have for life began to extend to all things. I needed to do something about it. I became a vegan and discontinued eating meat(s) to include fish. I stopped using items containing animal products such as leather. I loved all things. I loved myself so much that I was in love with life. I am emitting positive energy. The feeling of life is amazing. As my love grew I began feeling spiritual. I was able to connect with people and seemingly give them my energy. It was as though I have this ability to send them positivity and I was attracting like-minded people. It was so overwhelming that I was crying of pure joy and happiness. I couldn’t help it. I would excuse myself and had to pull myself together because the happiness was so overwhelming. I am in love. I am in love with life. I was free. I am free. I felt unshackled and freed from years of being chained in my own prison. Through my eyes my life began to have purpose. I felt as if my potential being is endless. This is only the beginning.