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Well, it has been quite some time since I have been on here.  I wanted to go over a few things since my stroke that has helped me decide what I need to do for my future.  I have had a couple of ideas that seem to want to be in the lead, but haven't been able to choose the right one.  I think that has changed finally.  

Let me bring something to the forefront that helped me in my decision, I had a stroke in February this year.  I am doing quite well overall and rehab is going better than expected.  Not sure when I will be ready to go back to work as I see the doctor next week.  Now, I don't want this to be for sympathy, but to say this was a major turning point in my thought process, direction and drive.  

I have two major passions; one is for cars (CarStorian) and so I started a blog at www.carstorian.com Since I am also a history major, I thought it sounded cool.  The premise is to bring stories to life regarding families and friends building or rebuilding cars and their love for that lifestyle that brings them together.  Now, that may still come about, but I think it will be taking a back seat, so to speak.

The other passion I have, and can't seem to get away from, is coaching.  Some might call it giving direction to folks, others may see it as a person to bounce ideas off of, yet it boils down to helping others see in themselves the passion they have for a certain gift to share.  I have coached a little and feel it is the right direction for me.  Why?  For that person's direction and success as well as my excitement and happiness.  I get more of a kick out of helping someone else in their discovery than in chatting about cars, which seems a bit more selfish overall.  

The stroke I had and the time I have had to think about this has propelled my desire to bring this dream to reality, just getting it done and pulling the trigger.  It is natural to me as folks come to me and ask my opinion already without my prompting.  I can explain to people how things can flow when they are living their passion and not the life others have designed for them, if they are willing to take positive chances and changes.  There is a deeper story from my stroke, but I will have to save that for a later time.

Please bear with me as I grow in this endeavor.  It took a stroke, something substantial to me to decide what is important to me and my family.  In the ER, my wife and I were told my stroke would be "catastrophic".  I am currently walking, no slurring and you could not tell unless I told you of my event.  My hope is it does not take something catastrophic to change your direction whether it was a stroke, heart attack, financial problem, a death or something else to get your attention.  My goal is to get people to think, dream and do to be healthier as well as live their passion.  I believe it is one and the same.  

God bless.

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Comment by Darren Rayborn on May 4, 2012 at 6:18pm


Thank you very much for your kind words.  I truly appreciate it.  

I am doing better than I deserve as Mr. Ramsey would say.  I really am doing quite well and am moving forward with my ideas and passions.  

It seems kind of crazy the process we have to go through to either get back to the passion we know we should follow or the basics we need to live by.  Granted I still see my stroke as a blessing.  Also, I hope to start sharing some of this experience soon.

Again, thanks and great to hear from you Tim!!

God bless.

PS, My site is up and running, thank God.  

Comment by Tim West-Go West Coaching on May 4, 2012 at 4:45pm

Darren i am glad you have recovered so well! I have had alot of things going on in life, not to your degree, but that has really made me go through the process of taking a closer look. Your words are very encouraging!! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Darren Rayborn on April 26, 2012 at 4:07pm

Sorry folks, my www.lifeandlatitudes.com site has been hacked.  I am trying to work it through Bluehost right now.  Any suggestions or ideas are welcome.



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