Some days it feels like life is working against you. OK, most days.
Imagine you’re climbing up a hill, and there are some little goblin jackasses at the top throwing rocks at your head and rolling boulders your direction. That’s life, and you’ve just got to keep climbing that hill.
I have to remind myself of that every morning at 5:30 when my alarm goes off. Just hit snooze three times until 5:45 (Samsung GS6 gives me 15 minutes of snooze in 5 minute increments), get up, put one foot in front of the other, and move. I resume the grind — climbing the hill filled with obstacles and tumbling boulders — again and move toward my goals.
I have often complained about just about everything in my life. How this or that sucks, this or that is stacked against me, I just can’t catch a break, etc. I have been, and still often am, weak.
Tough shit. Life isn’t a fucking fairy tale. Instead, it’s filled with diverse difficulty, hard compromises, and losing. It’s an uphill climb, and you just have to own it.
Here’s what I mean. In my life, I rarely get exactly what I want. And what I do get, I have to fight for it. I can’t recall the exact quote but Henry Rollins once said something about life (and I think he was talking about America specifically) being something you have to survive. And that is accurate. Life is not like a box a chocolates, Mr. Gump. It’s like a 1980s side-scrolling video game set in a world filled with things trying to kill you.
If you wish to continue, you have to put one foot in front of the other, and move. Even when it’s tempting to quit, you shouldn’t. I think it’s more advantageous to keep going, keep pushing, and keep living your life despite all the shit flying at your head every damn day.
These concepts don’t have to be so abstract, either. Find specific ways to overcome challenges. Look at your job, your close relationships, your money. Oh man, the money. There’s a constant shitstorm of uphill climbing.
Since last summer, for example, I’ve had to fork over large, extra, unbudgeted amounts of cash on a regular basis. That hurts. I’ve often felt like I was drowning in the great hemorrhage of money.
Work hasn’t been a walk in the park either. And that’s all I’ll say about that.
I could keep expressing general discontent, but I’m not telling you this to complain. I’m telling you this to illustrate how life sucks sometimes and you just have to deal with it. You just have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
Own these hardships for one simple reason. They are training. When you’re faced with adversity and overcome it, you gain skill and experience. The next time you face the same thing, you’ll be better at it. Maybe you can engineer your life so you don’t have to face some things again. Then you can move on to more productive challenges.
Life is a grind — an uphill battle — but it’s one you’ve gotta do. Fight for your life, because it’s the only one you’re going to get.