Some Days…

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In an exasperated breath of exhaustion. The traveler fell to the ground his pack bounced off his back, and the contents flew across the path. He had been moving none stop for days, afraid to stop and sleep for fear that in the night he would be captured or worse killed.

The traveler was convinced he was being followed, sure of it. He most certainly heard the footfall’s every day as though his pursuer were right upon him.  He could smell the man and feel his breath on his neck.  It was this fear that urged home on.

The traveler felt he could not make another step. He hadn’t eaten in days and know the choice to forgo food and sleep had caught up with him as his body could endure no more. The traveler lied helplessly unconscious on the path now, lost to exhaustion.

He was down but not out.  It was only moments later that he regained consciousness and spit the dirt from his mouth, pushing hard off the ground to get up and keep moving forward.  Gathering his things he was reminded of how there would be plenty of time to rest once he reached home.  That moving on this past through the exhaustion and hunger was necessary to grow stronger and that a safe haven was in his sights.

Some Days are like this.  Some Days the mere thought of moving another inch seems unfathomable, yet we must move.

I say we must because have I not made a commitment to changing my life.  Haven’t I already spent enough days wallowing in self-pity and sadness, to finally say, enough is enough I must move.

Well, Hell yeah, I have.  I made a commitment to live a better life and sometimes that means doing the things required even when I don’t feel like it.  Even when I am exhausted and tired.  God knows many before me and many now go to their jobs exhausted and tired but they go and perform anyway because they made a commitment to do it.

If they didn’t show up then what?  Oh well, it’s not a big deal?  Bull Crap.  It is a big deal.  Showing up I believe is the most crucial aspect to success in life.

Showing up when you don’t feel like it is a must and learning how to do the job anyway with a smile on your face.

We won’t always feel wonderful, we won’t always have rainbows and sunshine in our eyes.  It does not give me the right to ditch my commitments.

If I am truly about living a better life, about truly being successful, some days are going to be freaking hard.

Here is the big secret though that’s not really a secret.  It is okay to not feel like it.  It is ok to show up and try your best and fail.  It is ok to give it all you have even if all you have is 72% of your normal or worse.  Because that is where the growth starts.

We humans are extremely good at adapting to environment and stress.  That stress placed on us, again and again, will teach us how to become more efficient with our energy.

We will not always be so tired.  And when we are not as tired we will be able to perform using less energy, thereby conserving more for the lean times in our lives.  It all ends up balancing out.

But, if I decide, well today I am tired so I will just stay in bed or call in sick.  Then I will never get better.  I will never grow stronger.  The whole point is that…

Some Day, like it or not, I will need the strength acquired by years of showing up when I just didn’t feel like it.  And…

Some Days always come for all of us.  So make the most of today, even if you are like me and just don’t feel like it.

I promise, when you lay your head down to rest tonight, you will sleep like a baby.

Have a great Day.

P.S- I thought this was important… It came to me this morning when I was writing motivational quotes.  You know, like ya do. Haha

“How do I start?”  The student asked

“Simple, lift your foot and move it forward.”  The teacher said.

“What if I fall?”

“Simple, pick your self back up and keep moving.”  The teacher smiled.

“What if I am scared?”  The student cried.

“Simple we are all scared, do not pretend to be special.”  The teach turned and walked away.

Move AnyWay.  Do The Thing Anyway.  You Can! You Will! You Must!




Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

9 thoughts on “Some Days…

  1. Real growth doesn’t happen on the “easy” days. It happens on the days we don’t want to get out of bed, but we do anyway. When we don’t want to do our spiritual, and physical work out regimen, but we do anyway. When we don’t want to go to work, but we do anyway. And we really show what we are made of when we choose to go the extra mile on days like this. It feels so good at the end of the day when you can say to yourself, “I didn’t want to, but I did it anyway, and more”. We are almost always capable of much more than we think.

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  2. This reminds me of the old days when I used to wait to “be inspired” before I tried to write anything. The Muses don’t grace us with their presence very frequently. At least, they don’t visit me all that often (maybe I need to be putting milk on the window sill or something?) If you wait around waiting for motivation or inspiration you can wait a long damn time before the lightening bolt strikes.

    But in my experience, sitting down and writing anyway, even when you aren’t sure what you are going to write or where you are going with an idea, is the best way to lure those Muses back to you. I think they’re jealous creatures and can’t stand the idea of someone having an idea without them… But you have to start the process. I’m sure it’s true for all creative ventures. Probably other stuff too, but I don’t know about anything else, haha. Great post, Matt!

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