You never know what surprises life is going to throw your way but when it does it is imperative that you stay strong. While there are some things that seem to be in our control, there are just as many things that are not. We all imagine living in a perfect world where everything is in line and things happen as we wish them to be but that is far from the reality we live in and even further from the reality we’ve created in our minds. Out of despair, if we are able to overcome it, life brings forth an indomitable strength that allows us to overcome any obstacle.
There is no way to prepare for life’s inevitable surprises no matter how much we try. At the tender age of thirteen, I did not know that I would be sleeping in the streets after my parents separated and we lost the only place we called home to foreclosure. There was no way to know that I would have to figure things out on my own and be forced into independence. There were many nights during the five years before I attended college that I did not know where my next meal was going to come from. The only thing that remained constant, although I thought about taking my own life at times because the pain and suffering was unbearable, was my belief in a better tomorrow and the fact that I must stay strong.
There are no “how-to” guides to prepare us for life’s numerous surprises. The only thing we can do is wait until life throws her pitch and be ready to knock it out of the park. Like most batters who are up to bat, you may strike out; expect it. What you also need to understand is that even if you do strike out, you’ll have an opportunity to be at bat again. When that opportunity presents itself, and it certainly will, be sure to hit a homerun. Just like the nine innings in a baseball game, life’s innings will present numerous opportunities that will allow you to show what you got; don’t disappoint the fans.
We are going to experience joy as well as pain during our lifetime. Through it all, it is imperative that you maintain a positive mental attitude and an unequivocal belief in a better tomorrow. Pain is temporary, joy is eternal. How we respond to both is a choice.
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