Look, I get it…THIS is life…
Sometimes, thing go really really great. You get your dream job and you make great money. Sometimes, things go so unbelievably great that you can’t imagine things ever getting better, but they do! You meet the person of your dreams and build a dream house and travel the world. Things are even better than you imagined and you are so grateful for everything you have and are and do. Sometimes, things go really bad. Things get so bad and so shitty that you can’t make ends meet. Things are so bad that you have to make a choice of which bill not to pay. You are exhausted, lonely, frustrated and angry. Sometimes, things are really scary. You have to worry about going to a festival or a gathering. You have to keep a security alarm on your house or a fire arm under your bed.
I would tell them that life is unpredictable. You get sick out of the blue when you never saw one warning sign or symptom. You glance to your phone for just a second and end up in a life changing accident. You aren’t paying attention and walk right into the person you were meant to be with. Sometimes, things are so frustrating. You have to wait for 20 minutes to speak to a human being just to ask one simple question, the person who just cut you off is going exactly the speed limit in the fast lane. Sometimes, things are so beautiful. You witness the birth of a new human being, you watch a family reunite after years of being apart, you see the selfless gestures that people give to each other every day. There are times when life gets overwhelming. You have people depending on you and a job that bores you and paperwork piling up and bills piling up and responsibilities and obligations and they all have to be taken care of right away. You have goals and dreams and ambition and ideas that all swirl in your mind at once and you don’t know where to start or what to do first but if you could just figure it out you would be the next hit.
Sometimes, life is not fair. Your loved ones get taken from you too soon, you miss the deluxe upgrade by one point, you fall to the ground two feet from the finish line. There are days when you don’t know how you are ever going to make it to the next day. There are moments when you feel yourself look to the skies and thank whatever is up there that this is your life. Life is complicated and exciting and disappointing and terrifying. People put each other down and say ugly things to each other and themselves. People give the shirt off their back to a stranger on the streets and they spend hours of their day giving free haircuts to those less fortunate.
Life is a lot of things and these things happen to every single one of us no matter who we are, what we look like or what we believe. Life happens and it will always keep happening…so when will it finally be time to take care of yourself? You need to survive and enjoy all that life is going to throw you. You have to build a strong army inside of you of healthy organs and muscles and courage. You have to understand what your body is capable of and what challenges you can meet to be fully prepared for the battles of life. When life is good, bad, scary, wonderful, exciting and traumatizing, you deserve to feel strong enough and capable enough to handle it.
Live this life. Don’t just survive it.