Sometimes I forget to duck and life throws me a punch, or two, or three. I have been growing weaker (more than usual) over the last few months and my symptoms have increased to the point where I’m struggling to do some of the simplest of things like opening a container of yogurt or holding the nail clippers. Some days I don’t even have the strength to fight.
Those times can be scary. All sorts of thoughts start rushing through your mind. They have a tendency to push hope right out the window. But you know, even though we face so much uncertainty in a given day, it’s important to hold on. To muster up the courage to push through the mess. Sometimes that means taking things one day at a time. Other time it’s more like one hour, one minute and even one second at a time.
Don’t ever let the fears of what might happen, or the pains of what is happening, keep you from experiencing the good in today. Live in the moment, not in the what ifs and maybes of tomorrow or the sighs and regrets of the past.
I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s important to try.
The great Rocky Balboa said, “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 will 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 ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
There will be some really, really tough times ahead. That’s a guarantee. But there will also be some equally amazing triumphs. Find the happy moments in today. They exist even if you happen to be in the hospital surrounded by beeping machines and nurse’s chatter, are stuck in rush hour traffic on your way to work, or laid up on the couch at home too exhausted to even get a glass of water.
You got this!