What Are You Capable Of Accomplishing In Your Life?
I became an uncle last week. At 10:43 a.m. on Thursday, a healthy 7-pound 4-ounce girl entered our world. It's a surreal experience as a brother to have your sister give birth. This impressionable sister looked at me in awe growing up. So I did what any good brother would do, I'd have her lie down on the other side of my skateboard ramp and live out my daredevil fantasy. As a new life of possibility enters the world, it made me think, what are you capable of accomplishing in your life?
I posed a question to myself this morning as I reflected in my journal. What can I learn from others, specifically, what can I learn from a baby? I've watched more episodes of The Office in the past month than hours she's been out of the womb.
In about a year’s time my niece will be walking. No one will sit down and teach her to walk. She'll fall, get bruised up and Mom and Dad will have to sit by and watch. But one thing she won't do is give up. How do I know this? How many of your friends don't walk because they never learned how?
We're all facing our own struggles. We're all facing our own gremlins that stand in the way of us being who we were born to be. These fears ultimately shape how our life will play out. So few of us ever muster the courage to look into the eyes of what scares us. For if we did, we'd see our own reflections. The only thing standing in the way of the life you want is you. Not money, not time, not skills. Those are negotiable resources. What stands in your way is your limiting beliefs. The kryptonite to resourcefulness.
You're not going to tell your kid to give up and say walking isn't worth the struggle. So why would you tell yourself to give up? It’s worth every drip of effort to pursue a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life.
There is always a way. It might not be a walk in the park, but what adventure worth facing is?
When I was crippled by anxiety and depression, leaving my bed felt like Bilbo Baggin’s quest to Mordor in the Lord of The Rings. It took years to build a healthy, compassionate and empathetic relationship with myself. I’m a different person today.
You were born to be a hero. You were born to face the shit you do. You were born to get knocked down, spit out and fail. But what you might be forgetting is that you were born to get up, face your fears and the push the fuck on.
You're resourceful. You're capable. Too hard is a bull shit excuse. Your scars are a reminder that you're a survivor. What do you want to accomplish in your life?