Never Surrender Unless It’s Neccessary
There is this tendency for people to surrender to what they suspect is inevitable: getting old, getting fat, failing at what you’ve failed at 1,000 times before.
My grandfather told me the other day that once you get to his age, mid 80′s … you have to grasp at purpose, you have to struggle to find reasons to not surrender. To not give up. That’s where crossword puzzles and books and walks come in handy. Simple things to keep the brain active and to keep engaged.
As the benefits of youth start to fade, many people start surrendering to what they falsely believe is “fate” in their late 20′s or early 30′s. I see it all around me, since that’s my age now.
Part of life is fighting to be the best you can be. Gaining skill. Gaining control over yourself and your small corner of the universe.
Get in the habit of overcoming your natural tendency to surrender, and start beating your fears, start overcoming odds, start learning new tricks…. NOW. That way living will be a way of life, and even as you grow old, lose friends and family, and even start to lose your body… you’ll be in the habit of making the most of what you have.
Don’t get me wrong. There is a place for surrender. There are things you can’t control and things you should not try to control. There are times when you’ll be made a humble man. You want to see surrender done the right way? Watch this man.
“You gotta stand in there and keep swinging. That’s very important.”