Sometimes life can feel like a struggle. You wake up one day and just cannot seem to get motivated to do anything. You think to yourself; if I keep feeling this way, I’m soon going to lose everything. Then, like a bolt of lightning, an idea enters your head and you say to yourself: “I know what I need to do to change my situation.” You then do something about it, and within an instant, you find yourself propelled into action. This is what happened to me four years ago. I was at my lowest ebb, and I had nowhere to go. I was so down that I didn’t even bother showing up for work. My boss called and asked me why I wasn’t there. I told her that I didn’t have the energy to go in. She then told me that she didn’t have the energy either, but that she still had to show up for work, because without her employees, she had no one to take care of her children. That conversation changed my perspective on life forever. Since then, I have dedicated myself to living my life to the fullest, and to inspire others to do the same. Here are four inspiring quotes by three different men, each of whom had a different way of looking at life and how to deal with struggle.

1. Live As You Dream

I think that our dreams reflect our desires, and when we find ourselves in a situation where we feel like we don’t know what our desires are, it can be very difficult to know how to live. Sometimes it’s hard to define your values, and when you don’t know what your values are, it’s even harder to know how to live your life. That’s what happened to me four years ago, when I didn’t know what my values were, or even what I wanted for myself. I was lost, and didn’t know how to find myself again. I began to ask myself questions, like: “Do I want to continue traveling the world and being a professional football player?,” “Do I want to get married and have children?,” “Do I want to stay in my current apartment and enjoy my friends’ company?,” “Do I even like my job?” My answers to these questions changed me completely. It wasn’t just that I decided to quit my job and follow my dreams. It was that I decided to live as I dreamed, choosing friends and lovers over security and respectability. These four years have been some of the most incredible of my life. Not only have I been able to live my dreams, but I have also been able to share them with others. I want to inspire others to live their dreams and be the best that they can be, regardless of what situation they’re in.

2. You Are Never Too Old To Learn

Age is just a number. It’s something that you are born with, and it’s something that you will always have. Nevertheless, as long as you’re alive, you have the ability to learn new things. This is especially true if you’re open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the everyday routine of life that we forget how much we can learn. We think that because we’ve learned everything that there is to know about something, that it is no longer relevant to us. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout my life, I have learned so much. I have also had to change and adapt to new situations and new people. There is ALWAYS something new to learn. We shouldn’t be so quick to judge and condemn. Instead, we should embrace the fact that we can learn new things, and be grateful that we’re still alive and able to do so. You are never too old to learn. You just have to look for the right teacher.

3. Believe In Magic

Believe it or not, but magic truly exists. We just have to stop and believe in it for a moment. Sometimes, in life, we need a little bit of magic. Something to believe in, in order to get through the difficult times. When I was at my lowest ebb, I honestly didn’t believe that I would ever be able to get out of that situation. I thought that I would have to live my life feeling sorry for myself. If I had a magic wand and could wave it in front of me, I would have asked for help with my career. I would have asked for help with my love life. I might even have asked for help with my health, considering that I was sick and tired of not feeling good. I would have waved my wand and wished that all of my problems would just disappear. Suddenly, my problems would have vanished. I would have been wearing my favorite dress, and would have had my hair and makeup done perfectly. My husband would have been by my side, holding my hand as we walked towards the altar. We would have been gazing into each other’s eyes, while onlookers would have been looking on in awe. Believe it or not, magic is something that can happen. All you need is to believe in it. Sometimes we need to just believe in magic.

4. Keep On Lifting Weights

I think that one of the coolest things about the human body is its ability to change and grow with age. This is why older people should always be respected and admired. Keep on lifting weights. Keep on getting stronger. Keep on enjoying life. Keep on being you. Every day is a chance for you to improve yourself. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that age is a bad thing. It’s not. It’s just a number. Keep on lifting weights, and you’ll be able to attest to that yourself.

The main point of these four quotes is that we should believe in ourselves, no matter what. Even if you feel like you can’t do or be anything, you can find inspiration in these quotes to help you get out of that rut. I know that four years ago, I didn’t feel like I could be or do anything. I was at my lowest ebb, and I didn’t know what my dreams were, or even if I had any. I felt frustrated and trapped. I felt as if life was passing me by. Not anymore. Today, I am a new man. I have a new lease on life. I am married to the most incredible woman in the world, and together, we are blessed with a daughter. I wake up every day and live my life to the fullest. I am a professional football player, a traveler, a husband, a father, and a friend. There is nothing that I cannot or will not do. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of inspiration in order to get started.