Perseverance has been lost to this world in the modern age. We rely so heavily on technology to do the work for us that we have lost the ability to think through things and do things ourselves. And furthermore, we have lost the concept of continuing even though we may fail. People are so terrified of failing or looking like an idiot or trying new things or breaking from the mundane and reaching for something greater. What happened?
Someone once asked me how I, a 6’5” awkward human being, was able to do triple full twists, back flips, and extreme acrobatics in general. “I mean, no offense, but you’re just not made for it,” they would say. “Why are you doing this?” they would ask.
I answered… “Same reason that a man with no arms or legs became a professional gamer, same reason a deaf man composed music, same reason a medical catastrophe did not stop a paralyzed man from walking, same reason that you can do whatever you want if you just believe that you can,”
I am sure you are curious as to how I “actually” did it… The answer is simple. I worked hard at it. Never gave up. Went in to a field outside the library every day after classes in college and literally dove into the ground a thousand ways. Endured 5 months of sprained/fractured/swollen ankles and aches and pains. Ignored the passing people who would laugh at me or ask what I was doing with some profane language thrown in there. I just powered through it. Stayed focused. Until one day, when I landed a trick. And someone shouted from a window “Wow! How did you do that?” They weren’t the last to ask. The funny thing is that those people, who walked to class and saw me everyday, they began to ask…
“Wow, how did you do that! Can you teach me?”
And I would say– “You’ve seen how I did that every day when you walk to English class. You know how I did it because you laughed at me the whole way.”
That was my story, but what is yours?
I don’t know about you, but I HATE hearing people say “I just can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”, “I will never be as good as them”. Why? Because it is the very definition of giving up. You just lost the battle right there. Apparently you don’t want to succeed when you think that way. What happened to that “Rudy” mentality, where all things may be against you, but you will never give up? Why does society think that people are meant to be only one thing? So many skills are interchangeable and can prepare you for a different career path entirely. And sometimes skills in our lives are just for fun. For the pure joy of doing something that interests us even if we aren’t going to go off and be a professional. That’s not the point. The point is that you can do anything that you want if you just believe you can.
People whine and complain about beliefs so much and pick at other people for stupid reasons that don’t matter instead of backing each other up and building a generation that is unified. Beliefs–no—Faith makes you stronger, I believe. My Faith has inspired me and given me a fiery passion that others cannot stomp out. Faith in what I have been blessed with, Faith in myself, Faith in the people around me, Faith in my family, Faith in my heavenly Father. People get so picky about what you should or shouldn’t do or who we should and shouldn’t be, that what we CAN do as a society and “A People” is a completely foreign language to them. If you want something go for it. If you believe in something Stand for it. If you start to think those destructive words “I can’t do it”, then you might as well give up because it will come to pass.
What is something you have always wanted to achieve? What is stopping you from reaching a point where that is possible? Is it you? Don’t let not being good enough or not doing something “Professionally” be an excuse to not even try.
Experiences of hardship when on a journey are worth more than a single moment of success.
I leave you with this classic quote from Galaxy Quest, which has become my life motto over the years.
“Never Give Up, Never Surrender!” – Commander Peter Quincy Taggert