All there was, was the unknown. I wasn't dealing with the unknown very well.
I had been pursuing one primary objective and I had no backup plan.
I wanted to have a larger than life profession, something that meant something, something that was big and aspirational.
This whole idea of suddenly becoming a "lesser person" was not sitting well with me, particularly when I'd spent so much time turning myself into a whole other kind of person.
People were constantly telling me, “Mike, you have got to let that go. That time is over. It’s in the past.”
And there was a powerful argument for all of that because I was in pain all the time.
Every time I tried to take a couple of steps forward, my body would rebel.
The pain was excruciating. It was constant, day-in, day-out.