Welcome to another edition of the Life List’s Club’s Guest Post Friday!
Today, I’m happy to be hosting fellow writer Diana Ligaya. For weather-related reasons that go by the names of Irene and Lee, I’ve been pretty stressed and deflated the last two weeks, so Emily’s reminder to get back up again when circumstances knock you down couldn’t be more timely for me.
Coincidentally, my Life List post this week goes hand-in-hand with Diana’s. I discuss how “letters to myself” have been helping me hold on to my muse while I’ve felt too overwhelmed with life’s demands to tackle my serious writing projects. I hope you’ll check it out at Emily Moir’s sometime today.
Now, on to Diana!
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never going to keep me down
Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
It’s a fact of life: every once in awhile, something happens to knock you down. Sometimes, these knockdowns may be small, like waking up late on a Monday morning – a mistake that starts a chain reaction that just snowballs into a horrible day. Your entire morning is thrown off. You’re late for work, your boss is upset, you miss your lunch, you miss the bus and on and on. By the end of the day, you’re grumpy and upset because nothing has gone your way.
Other times, these knockdowns may be huge, life-changing events that all too often you never even saw coming. You may be suddenly laid off from work or your relationship ends on a sour note. These life-changing knockdowns may force you to re-evaluate your life, whether or not you were ready to do so.
A knockdown may take the wind out of you. Just one bad day may seem enough to throw you off balance in your progress towards a life change that you have been trying to make, like changing your diet or exercise routine. Maybe the stress of a bad day has driven you to the comfort of a pint of ice cream or a “day off” from that exercise routine that you had been getting so good at doing regularly these past two weeks.
A larger knockdown, like a job loss or relationship change, can be much harder to recover from. Losing your job may be devastating to your finances and stress you out in countless ways. A major change in a personal relationship, like a breakup or a bad fight with your partner, can demoralize you in so many ways that trickle down and threaten other parts of your life.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with life’s knockdown moments is to get up. You may not be able to anticipate or prevent all the thing that might come along to knock you down. But you do have it in you to get back up again.
Of course, getting up is almost always harder than it sounds.
If you are finding that it is hard to get over a knockdown, think about what is keeping you from recovering. Is fear keeping you down? Fear of getting hurt or of getting down again? Get up even if it means facing your fears. Get up even if it means getting hurt. Recovering and learning from a knockdown will only make you and your resolve to overcome future knockdowns stronger.
What is knocking you down right now? How do you plan on getting up?
Photo Credit: Mike Hoff (crashmaster007 on Flickr)
Diana Ligaya has been fascinated with science and technology ever since she could remember. Her voracious appetite for stories and thirst for adventure led her to explore the infinite worlds of speculative fiction.
She loves everything from hard science fiction to post-apocalyptic dystopias and everything in between.
When she’s not working on her fiction credits, Diana works from home as a freelance writer, specializing in technology. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their daughter and their mutt.