Yes, I am on fire. Yes, I am a survivor. Yes, I stumble along, but I will do what needs to be done. I will fight for the weak and for the innocent. At the risk of sounding like a lemming (shout out to Lisa G), I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy and the movie rendition. Life lessons I would like to expound upon are the subject of my post tonight.
Everyone needs a quiver full of arrows to ensure the odds are ever in their favor. You cannot depend on others; you need to be able to depend on yourself. It will be a nice surprise if people come forward and bail your ass out in your hour of need, but be pragmatic and be prepared. In your quiver, you should have:
- a healthy appreciation for your health; protect it and nurture it as though your life depends on it; people take that for granted every day, take it from someone who an elevated BMI, recently broken ankle, an abdominal surgery on the horizon. Without your health, your fucked.
- faith in something bigger than yourself to give you perspective and appreciation for the grandeur of the planet and your place in the big picture.
- a healthy dose of tolerance and kindness; everyone should be treated the way you want to be treated, no matter if their color, creed, or how they get off; but, wait! you shout. What about pedophiles? Rapists? Terrorists? To this I say, they were somebody's baby once. Who knows why the have acted outside the boundaries of social norms, but until you walk in their shoes, have tolerance, be kind.
- companions: without a ka-tet you are alone on your journey and companions will help pass the time, make you smile or curse, and keep you in touch with your humanity.
- a sense of purpose or direction, even if you struggle to get up out of bed each day for whatever reason, set a small goal, take baby steps, one foot in front of the other; without direction, you'll waste away with self neglect
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