I find myself standing on my soapbox often as a high school teacher and one of my latest catch phrases has been 'bob and weave' or 'roll with the punches'. Sometimes I knock myself out with the truths behind my words. I find myself saying them more for my sake than for my students' consumption.
As of late, I have had to put this form of action and reaction to practice, not letting the actions of others or the setbacks that are inevitable, take precedence over my future. The ability to look at 'defeat' and simply move away into new territory is terrifying, almost crippling. It is so cliche to say that we are 'keeping it moving' and frankly the reality is that dwelling on setbacks and failure is the norm. It is difficult to stop staring at what was or what you initially perceived and re-calculating the steps needed to reach your definition of fulfillment. The ability to keep moving, bobbing and weaving, is contingent on the belief that the best is yet to come.
The fighter in me is continuing to throw jabs here and there, and simply moving around in order to not suffer the downfall that comes from stagnation. There is nothing worse than standing still and sitting in the mess that is your life (at those occasional moments). I would rather die trying than to sit idly while my life opportunities waste away.
Live, my lovelies. Bob and weave. If someone gets you in the chin or on the cheek, learn and grow and move. Do not just stand there and get your jaw rocked without putting up a heck of a fight.
As the once loved and respected