Thursday, October 9, 2014


Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come, but today is here, now, waiting to be taken advantage of. 

Yesterday is just a fading memory. So why waste the time you have left thinking about things that don't matter. We can't change anything, the bad choices, decisions, and mistakes we made, the regrets, they are all behind us. The carefree days, all night parties, the ignorant bliss, those days have been replaced by our responsibilities, families, and survival. Times have changed. All the things that we said we were going to do but didn't, all the things that we should have said but didn't, and all the things that we should have been thinking about but didn't, we cannot dwell on these things for they will rip us apart inside. 

Tomorrow is an illusion. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. The future is uncertain, accept it for what it is. We can only plan as if there will be one and live each day as if there were none.  

Today, now there's the kicker, and, of course, nobody says it better than Rocky Balboa: 

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!"

Sylvestor Stallone, Rocky Balboa

That was a great motivational speech for that particular scene and movie, but not everyone needs to hear something so moving. Not everyone believes in that kind of motivation, but when we do feel like we have been kicked to a pulp by life, we need something to get us back up and to keep fighting. That's what life is, one big fight. If we want to get where we want or get what we want, we have to fight. 

Nobody said life was easy, but it is as easy or as hard as we make it. Every person is different, every person wants something different out of life. And I think that we have to remember that life happens regardless of what we do, it's a game without rules. Anticipate the unexpected. You know that there are things that are out of your control. Don't be a slave to that.

When we are down we need to remind ourselves of all the good we have done in our lives, all the great things that we have accomplished, and all the wonderful things we have experienced. We have to see the good in ourselves, in our loved ones, and in our surroundings. We have to build ourselves up because only we know our worth and only we can pick ourselves up and out of the dirt when we have been beaten down by life.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come, but today is here, now, waiting to be taken advantage of. So what are you waiting for?