My name is Alison Bortolon, I am a biker, a racer, a musician, a filmmaker, a business owner, an Open Door staff member, and I am 23 years old.
There was a time not too long ago that I would never have dreamed I could be any of these.
A time when I was faced by such troubles that I never thought I would make it through.
This was a time in my life when I was faced with financial issues, emotional issues, illness and more. The mountain in front of me seemed so tall that I would never be able to make my way over it… but I was wrong.
Often when we are faced with such vast hurdles, we never imagine the potential beyond it.
When I was a kid learning to ride a bike I never dreamt that I would become a competitive mountain bike racer.
When I was asked in school to make a short film I never dreamt that I would one day own a production company.
When I was a troubled teen I never dreamed that I could one day use my story to inspire others.
We get so immersed in what we are facing that we forget how far we have come. It happens when I am riding my bike, when I am busy pedaling up the mountain I am so focused on the next difficult climb that I forget to turn around and look at the view of how far I have come.
In my life I have been faced with many mountains; however, as I look back they are what make me who I am and what has brought me to where I am today.
You see, much like riding a bike, it took me many crashes to figure out how to overcome obstacles. I couldn’t give up when I went down, I had to learn from it, get back up and keep going. For if I did not, I would not be the rider I am today. There are so many obstacles that I have had to face to improve my riding, from drops and jumps, to rocks and roots. It took nothing but time to be able to overcome what I once thought I could never conquer.
Now I have set my sights even higher and the obstacles I once struggled over are nothing but speed bumps.
What I am trying to say is, life is always filled with challenges, there will always be ups and downs but you have to keep trekking.
You only get stronger from what you overcome and as you look back it will have seemed worth it.
No matter what, you have to appreciate how far you’ve come and the journey you’ve taken . It is what makes you, you.
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