How to Keep Living When the World Seems to Be Against Us

Embracing reality and taking control of our lives

Danny Oak

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I have awful legs.

30 years of sports have made them a mess.

They’re a medical log of surgeries, injuries, broken bones, and ripped flesh.

They’re not the worst legs in the world, as there are millions of people that have suffered indescribable accidents, and others who have no legs but have achieved things that I can’t imagine doing.

But my legs have issues that if I could choose I would rather not have. Still, they take me everywhere I go, so they’re not a real problem.

This got me thinking about why do I complain about my legs if they do what they’re supposed to?

It’s a matter of mindset. I’m focusing on the pain and suffering I had with each injury while ignoring how good it felt each time I returned to the fields after long recoveries, and how much more desire for the game I had than most other players.

I had recoveries lasting weeks, months, and even years, so I knew that I had to enjoy each moment because it could be the last for a very long time, so while others were worrying about winning, I was focused on loving the game.

My legs are awful, but they have taught me how to enjoy some of the most memorable moments of my life.

Thriving Through Adversity

We all have obstacles in our lives, we all have weaknesses, but while some people hit a wall and give up, others knock it down and use the stones as steps to move on.

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
— Marcus Aurelius

You should keep moving on despite any weaknesses and adversities because the moment you allow yourself to become a victim is the moment you hand out the control of your life and lose the ability to move forward by yourself.

Resilience is your co-pilot in life.

Adversities are a constant to human existence since the beginning of time, so what you need to have in mind is that the world is not conspiring against you.

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Danny Oak

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