I woke up this morning and checked reddit again, I really am an addict, and saw something that made me get up and get on with my day.
It was the title of the post, “I was blinded and severely mauled by a grizzly bear and barely lived to tell about it. I’ve adjusted to blind life and gone on to earn my masters, marry the love of my life, write a book, raise two kids, and land my dream job.”
If those words don’t sort of blow you away I’m going to assume you’ve already heard the story.
For all the troubles in my life it’s things like this that remind me how blessed I am. While I’m incredibly thankful that I’ve been blessed with all that I have I have this constant worry in the back of my mind that it has somehow weakened me. I’m so used to being in a relatively comfortable position that I’m afraid anything could break me. I couldn’t imagine going through what Mr. Bigley went alone, let alone moving past it to flourish the way he has. Honestly I can’t imagine living a life like his even with all my advantages.
Maybe it’s because of my advantages that I can’t imagine being successful like him. To be fair, early advantages are one of the better indicators of later success, but I truly believe that the highest levels of success are only open to people who have had to overcome. No one in the history books got there by enjoying a comfortable complacency.
That’s what this blog is about, pushing the limits. I’m talking about being a person who isn’t just happy to be good at one thing, but pushing outside their comfort zone and constantly expanding your horizons. Every day can be a blessing if we take the opportunity although believe me it almost never naturally feels that way to me. With my messed up mind I tend to look at every day like a curse, it requires a conscious effort to rise above what was handed to me and work toward turning things around.
One of the first steps toward turning your life around is turning your mind around, and I’d suggest reading Mr Bigle’ys account if you’d like some good encouragement when it comes to re-framing how you look at life. Although I’m not sure I’d do it through reddit, great site but it can be a time waste. Here’s an article written by Dan about his life, a lot of great lessons to be learned.
Speaking of lessons learned I’m now downloading a google app called chrome nanny to block facebook and reddit so that I can’t use them when I’m at school and I should be doing work instead of looking at silly pictures.
I don’t think it’s true that what doesn’t kill us necessarily makes a stronger, but the countless stories out there of people overcoming incredible odds proves that we can always become stronger. I’m not saying it’s easy, I know it can be hard as hell trying to turn things around, but it can be done. Sometimes that all we need to remember.
Until we’re dead we can always make things better, even if it’s just a little bit. That right there is my definition of hope.