Falling is inevitable.
Everyone will fall, trip, stumble or crash. You will be covered with dust, scrapes, cuts, bruises and blood. You may be dazed, confused, crying, sobbing or hysterical.
We will all end up in these situations, but the difference is not in the fall. The difference is in what happens after the fall.
What do you do? How do you react to it? Will you allow the fall to envelop you? Will you allow it to destroy you? Will you take it as an opportunity to learn? Will you grow from this? Will you wait for others to pick you up or will you pick yourself up? Will you lick your wounds or will you carry on?
After you fall, there are decisions to make, paths to explore and more falls to be had. One of the most important things you can remember when you fall is this: that air escaping from your mouth is a feeling that many people take for granted. That is how you know you are alive.
Until life is almost taken from us, we do not fully appreciate its value and offerings. We are caught up in trivial pursuits – things that should not matter, truly silly things. Even if you do experience one of those moments, the impact will fade. Its power will wean.
All moments, and life itself, are fleeting. Everything is completely ephemeral. Nothing will last. Happiness, sadness, hate, joy, pain, comfort, anger, sadness…they all will drift away like objects in the ocean.
Life is not meant to be something that is constant or stationary. We are hurling through space on a giant rock, rotating around a flaming ball of gas, travelling through nearly empty, ever expanding, almost infinite space. Do you realize that we could never make it to another galaxy because the speed at which they are travelling away from us is something that we cannot overcome?
Yet, here we we are sitting around, wondering why so-and-so is mad at us. To be honest, so-and-so probably isn’t thinking about you.
So when your face smacks off the ground with a cloud of dust because you fell, do this: breath, smile and breathe some more. Relish in that moment where everything else has been drowned out and you haven’t been overcome with searing pain. You are alive. You have the opportunity to create. You can literally do anything.
Life is ever changing. You should be too.
I will leave you with two quotes that I always find to be inspiring, challenging and reassuring:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Teddy Roosevelt
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali