I know I’ve said it a thousand times, but life is hard. At least it is for me. NOTHING is easy. Even my workout this morning was hard, but that’s not the thing on which I have to stay focused. No, when I mention life is hard, that’s just stating a fact and a truth. It is hard. Really hard. Even the good stuff is often hard. Getting up in the morning, opening my eyes to face another day – that is fucking hard. BUT – how I face it – that’s up to me.
I’d love to say that every day I wake up feeling like Tony the Tiger and everything is …GRRRRREAT! But, that would be a lie and I’m all about the truth. There are some days I wish I didn’t wake up at all. There are some days I wake up and I’m ready to conquer the whole world. There are other days I want to burn the whole damned world down and all the people in it, because most often people suck. (Hang on …there’s a good message here.)
Life is a compilation of a series of events, some good, some bad, some really, really good, and some just fucking nightmares. Nothing makes you see life in its complex simplicity more than losing someone you love or failing at a dream you’ve spent the majority of your life pursuing. These tragic events causes us to face our mortality. We don’t like to acknowledge our mortality. We love the illusion that we are invincible, immortal, and immune. But, we are not.
I’m an observer, a scribe, someone who watches, learns, learns how to learn, perceives and records. What I’ve discovered is that humanity is really complex. One observation I’ve seen is: MOST people (myself included) spend a whole lot of effort, time, and money trying to hide from the pain and disappointments of life. But, pain is a part of life and something we should face so we can heal. We get disappointed because we had expectations. We get our hearts broken because we first filled them with opportunities of love. We get frustrated at our failures because we dared to succeed. YET, we also feel pride at a job well done. We smile when we experience love. We laugh when we feel joy. We appreciate beauty because we have seen the ugliness in this world. There’s a balance to everything. As Einstein says, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Don’t get lost in despair, but also don’t try to rush it either. Feel the pain. Know the pain you feel is because of the love you once had – and then move on. Don’t stay still. Don’t let your worry, sorrow and pain rob you of your faith, joy and happiness. Give it it’s time – and no more. Don’t hide it, try to shove it down, or ignore it – that heals nothing. Feel it. Accept it. Face it!
I have a new fitness goal and I’m excited about it. I’m also apprehensive because I know to reach my goal I’m going to have to go through a lot of pain. It’s going to hurt. Damn, is it going to hurt!!! I’m almost in tears thinking about the pain that’s to come. BUT, I’m excited about what is on the OTHER SIDE of that pain. I’m excited about the good things that are also with me WHILE I’m going through that pain. I’m excited about the support, love and encouragement I’m getting as I go through my journey. THAT people – that right there is what makes it worth facing the pain. Life is hard and full of different kinds of pain – truth – fact! But, I’m not afraid. I’m more afraid NOT TO TRY. I’m not even afraid to fail – because I know failure is a possibility. BUT, I’m afraid NOT TO TRY.
I’m in a new relationship. I know this new courtship can also fail, but I can’t let my fear of getting hurt again stop me from putting my heart back out there. There’s no success without risk. There’s no reaction without action. Yes, I could get my heart broke. Yes, it’s possible he will never love me or choose me. But, it’s also possible he will. It’s possible I have found a partner to share all the ups and down in this life with me so I don’t have to keep walking it alone. It’s possible I’ve found happiness. It’s possible I’ve met someone as tough as I am, who will fight as hard as I do, who isn’t afraid to go through the darkness and dance in the light with me. It’s possible. But, it isn’t possible unless I face it, unless I jump in and take a chance, and unless I let my walls down. I’m afraid NOT TO TRY.
Life is hard. On those days I don’t even want to open my eyes, I do it anyway. When my body hurts and doesn’t want to move, I get up anyway. When Fear whispers its lies in my ears and grips me hard to face another challenge, I face it anyway. When Doubt tells me I can’t, I do it anyway. When Anxiety tells me I will fail, I try anyway. When Despair tells me I’m going to get hurt, I take a chance anyway. When Pessimism tells me I’m wasting my time, I’m optimistically hopeful anyway. When Insecurity tells me I’m not worthy, I love and appreciate myself anyway. When Rejection reminds me not even my own parents wanted me – to not waste my time and just give up, I take a chance and love anyway. When Death takes away my loved ones and my light and inspiration are stolen from this world, I inspire and seek inspiration anyway.
Again – I’m not afraid to fail or get hurt. I’m afraid to never try. I’m afraid to be one of the cowards of this world that can’t get their heads out of their own asses, who can’t swim in the deep waters because they are too shallow, who put too much emphasis on shit that don’t matter. It’s vanity. It’s as Solomon wrote – a chasing of the wind. I see lives nearly destroyed every day because of vanity and fear. I don’t want vanity in my life. I’m not shallow. I don’t understand the ignorance of shallow thinking. I don’t understand cowardice. I am afraid but I face my fears ANYWAY. I don’t understand how people allow their lives to be cheapened by the unimportant things – yet I see them sell out every day and it’s everywhere. It’s the disease that kills us all. I’m no coward. Life is hard, but I’m harder and I face it anyway.
Till next time,