“I’m a living and breathing testament that life begins and flourishes at whatever age you become comfortable in your own skin and whenever it is that you fall in love with what you see when you look in the mirror each morning.”
I’ve been taking a slow walk through a book. I could have read it quickly – it’s certainly not a complicated novel – but getting to know Lucille O’Neal was something I wanted to savor. In learning about her life, I have learned to happily embrace mine.
In the book, “Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go,” Lucille shares the story of her challenging childhood, teenage pregnancy, relationship issues, struggles with alcoholism – and overcoming faith in God. Yes, she is the mother of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, but her book doesn’t rest on his fame as her redemption. Lucille inspires women to look upward and move onward, no matter their circumstances. She shares, “Without a test, there is no testimony.”
Through her words, she has shown the beauty of a life lived fully – and a life that becomes richer after 50. Her book evolves from autobiography to a passionate and convicting challenge – to dream big, step out in faith, and choose to live victoriously in Christ. Taking a slow walk with her through her journey from mental warfare to mental health – and mental wealth – is a good journey indeed.