Sunday, January 30, 2011
Life wasn’t easy when…
Life wasn’t easy when…Hmm.
Life wasn’t easy when…When my older brothers played football with my Ellie Elephant? When we were really poor? When my Grandparents died? When my sisters and brothers left the area? When I had to take Trigonometry in high school? When I couldn’t find a job? When I didn’t know how to play the piano? When I couldn’t understand my Asian professor in my Minority Groups class at college? When I reread the first draft of my novel and realized it would require rethinking, replotting, and rewriting basically the whole thing? When I backed the Ford Escort out of the driveway and got stuck on a drift of snow? When the Detroit Tigers lost 119 games in one season? When I fell down the basement stairs and broke my collar bone?
You know something? Life isn’t easy. It’s not supposed to be. But let me tell you a secret: If life were easy, it wouldn’t be satisfying at all. Admit it: We all like a good challenge. I know that Super Mario 3 is a little bit before your time, but when we were kids, we would play it over and over trying to beat our best time. Some of us are still trying to beat our high score on Tetris.
You have to decide what is worth your effort. Maybe that’s family. Maybe it’s friends. Maybe it’s school. Maybe it’s different for all of us. But whatever you decide to do in your life, expect it to be difficult. Expect it to frustrate you. Expect a few sleepless nights, a few tears, a few heartaches, a few headaches, a few temptations, a few failures, and a few strange looks from those who wonder why you don’t just give up already. Expect enormous mountains, but also expect an incredible view once you conquer them. Expect to feel a sense of pride, of peace, and of accomplishment.
No, life is not easy. But find the things that are important to you, and pursue them with all of your strength. You may just surprise yourself.
All my love,