Well kiddos, here we go again. Time for the annual “this year is going to be different” nonsense. Because let’s face it – how much do we really have control over?
I know I may be sounding like a pessimist right now, which if any of you dear readers know me, you know it is definitely NOT in my wheelhouse to be that way. Once in a while though, life just smacks you in the face.
And you have no choice but to take it like Humpty Dumpty falling off that stupid wall.
Did he just not know about gravity? Stupid egg.
Remember this? Yeah, 2018 was definitely not a banner year in the Black Dog crib. That being said, it was infinitely worse for a lot of others. Worse to the point that the pain of life’s crap being thrown at you at the speed of light could in no way ever be lessened, much less have it go away completely. And yet, the planet keeps spinning and everyone’s life right along with it. That thought alone is enough to always drag me kicking and screaming out of whatever funk I may be in and realize one thing.
My life is pretty. freaking. awesome.
And guess what? I bet, so is yours.
I have this habit of every time things feel like they are going down the proverbial toilet, of doing everything I can to keep things in perspective. My body hurts, but at least I can still run when so many others can’t. I may have been in a nearly lifelong battle with my weight, but so too are many, many others, and they’re in much worse shape than I am. My bank account may look pretty damn pathetic, but at least I have a decent job and can pay my bills. I may miss my dad, especially around this time of year, but at least he wasn’t taken from me by a sick, twisted teen-aged murderer who thought the world revolved around him. That one alone can smack you right up side the head. HARD.
I got the idea for this post after hearing the story of Tyler Trent, a 20 year-old Purdue student and football superfan, who had contracted a very rare form of bone cancer at 15. His outlook on life – knowing his days were numbered – was always one of staying positive and gratefulness. Talk about a dose of reality. Here is this kid, knowing his death could come any day, and instead of crawling under a rock to feel sorry for himself, he lived each day knowing it could be his last. How many of us do that? I know I always get so wrapped up in life’s little stupid things like paces, the number on the scale, the lack of numbers on my bank balance, that I sometimes to forget to LIVE.
As we kick off another new year, once again promising ourselves to make yet ANOTHER fresh start, just keep this in mind. We really never know when this crazy life of ours may come to an end. So when the boss is up your dupa, or the pooch has chewed up your favorite pair of running shoes, or the significant other has once again thrown in the red socks in with the white sheets, try to keep it in perspective. At least you have that significant other in your life to turn the sheets pink. Besides, who doesn’t need a little more color in their life anyway?
May we start off the New Year with a heartfelt very, very Happy New Year from the Black Dog family to you and those who matter in your lives. May the year bring you nothing but health, wealth, happiness and most importantly, love and laughter. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Enjoy the ride.
What are your biggest hopes for the New Year? Do you find you sometimes get lost in the minutiae of life and forget to stop and appreciate what you have?