All right. Enough moping. It’s time to get on with life.
I’ve spent the last 12 months getting battered by life in multiple ways. At work, at home, in sickness and in health. I’ve been blaming 2018 a lot lately. “Life sucks” and “2018 is a sucky year” have pretty much been my mantra of late.
But you know what? I’m the one in control of my life. Which means I can control how I react to what happens to me. I can’t control the problems at work, the water pipes that flood my home, the fires that consume our possessions, or the viruses that attack my body.
But I can choose how to deal with these things. I can whine about how difficult they are, or I can just get on with them.
I’ve always known this lesson, to be honest. But it’s easy to forget when you’re down on your knees… either emotionally or literally speaking. But I remembered this lesson when – for some reason – I randomly searched YouTube for this clip from the film Rocky Balboa.
I must have watched this a dozen times over the last couple of days. It has really resonated with me. Honestly, Sylvester Stallone may as well have said this directly to me.
I’ve highlighted a few lines in bold below that really resonated with me.
…Somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame… like a big shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don’t care how tough you are… it’ll beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.
Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. Not pointing fingers and saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
I’m going to heed these words. That’s my new year’s resolution for this year.
Maybe 2019 will be better. Maybe it’ll be worse. I can’t promise I won’t get mopey or depressed sometimes. I’m only human, after all. But no matter what, I’m going to get on with the job. I’m going to keep moving forwards.
I have to. Because I have a wife and and son who rely on me. And I’m ready for the challenges ahead.
Okay, 2019. Let’s go 😎