Don’t change a thing…

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While in Nashville for the “Let Them Play – A Triathlon Across America” documentary, we stopped by Lipscomb University and had an awesome opportunity to talk to the baseball team…

After the entire squad and staff watched the trailer to the doc, I was introduced by Lipscomb head baseball coach, Jeff Forehand. 

I began by explaining the reasoning behind the Let Them Play movement and then went into a brief history about my journey through professional baseball and into the ultra endurance world. 

After speaking for about 20 minutes, we then engaged in an interactive experience where the kids fired off questions…

“If you were to go back and give advice to yourself when you were a freshman in college, what would you say to an 18-year-old Eric Byrnes?” 

Damn… That’s a good one.

I immediately paused to think about exactly who I was back then…

Simply put, I was an over-emotional 18-year-old kid just trying to find my way in the world. I was brash, cocky and wasn’t afraid of a challenge; ANY challenge… Yet, I was also kind and my heart was full of genuine love that touched the depths of my soul on so many different levels… Because of that, I was vulnerable, took my feelings very personal and was susceptible to the highs and lows of life’s miraculous journey. All that said, I possessed a NO QUIT work ethic, a RELENTLESS positive attitude and an unwavering belief in myself… 

I get it, I was a bit complicated. That’s why I needed to pause when asked what sort of advice I would give my young GO HARD aspiring self. 

After describing who I was to the Lipscomb team, it suddenly dawned upon me exactly what I would have told myself my freshman year in college:

“DON’T CHANGE. DON’T EVER F*CKING CHANGE.”

Except because Lipscomb is a religious University I respectfully omitted the F-BOMB, just in case they don’t recognize the power of F*CK like we do here at the Daily Hustle… 

“Woah Byrnes?!?! Don’t change? How can you say that when all you do here at the Daily Hustle is talk about how the key to life is the acceptance of change and the ability to adapt to CHANGE.”

Hey, it’s Stevie SuperSoft!!! 

“Here’s the deal Stevie… 25 years later, as an eternal student of spiritual practices, mindfulness and ancient Stoic philosophy, I humbly and gratefully sit here on this exercise bike with the ability to reflect upon invaluable life experiences that have brought me to be the person I am at this exact moment in time… 

Of course, there has been change in my life, and I have changed immensely since I was 18 years old, yet it is who I was at 18 that has allowed me to be who I was at 28, 38 and today at 43… I was far from perfect then and I am far from perfect now, but trust me when I tell you I wouldn’t change a gosh damn f*cking thing.” 

-EB