Life is hard. It can zap the heart right out of you. In an instant, we can find ourselves stumbling through the day dazed and confused and misunderstood. We can find ourselves heartbroken and longing for home. Or frustrated, and desiring to go anywhere so long as no one knows our name. A fresh start. A new beginning. Some of us are even wishing for a rewind. I get it. I’ve been there. Hell, I am there now. It’s easy to get caught up in an avalanche of thoughts, when the punches of life leave us wondering where it all went wrong. If there’s one thing I’ve learned to do when circumstances seem unbearable, it’s this…
Get on with it.
Get on with living. Get up, kick off the dust, and keep moving. Don’t fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself. Do you have any idea what you’re missing out on when you get stuck in your bad day or worse, when you get stuck in your bad life? I’m not denying anyone’s struggle. The struggle is real. But, it doesn’t have to be permanent, and it doesn’t have to steal our joy.
I don’t care that it’s easier said than done.
I’ve had to pull myself up out of the pits more times than I can count. Like the time that everything I ever hoped for had shattered at my feet. Or, when three close relatives died within six months of each other, and I no longer knew how to breathe. Let’s not forget the romantic, and even platonic, relationships that left me believing that being alone is better than the revolving door of people who disappoint. But, I do know that I’m not alone in feeling this way…
And so, we’ve got to take our crestfallen hearts and move on.
One day at a time. One hour. One minute. One second. Put one foot in front of the other, and get out the door, and get on with this business of living. When your heart is broken and things didn’t turn out like you thought they would – that’s when it’s most important to stitch yourself back together and remember what makes you… you.
Call an old friend, meet up for dinner, and laugh. Ask that guy or that girl out on a date. Watch your favorite movie. Read your favorite book. Go for a hike in the mountains or a swim in the sea. Figure out why you love the things that you love so much.
And, get on with it.
Get on with living. Get on with loving. Get on with moving forward. I don’t care what’s happened in the last ten years. Okay, maybe I do. But, I care about what will happen in the next ten, or the next fifty, a whole lot more. So, get on with it. Whether it works out, or it doesn’t, at least you’ve tried. Because someday, one of those “tries” will work out, and when it does, you’ll be glad you kept failing forward.