There is More Than Just Success
Honor the Entire Journey
Full disclosure- This post does not contain a freebie or any free business pointers. Just real honesty about how to pick up your shit and do the hard part.
So here I am again. Off of one of the biggest highs I've ever experienced. I know I can conquer everything ahead of me. I've seen so much growth and found so much love from within. So why am I now here. Sitting alone in closet hiding. Hiding as the tears roll down my face.
So flustered and so defeated. So fucking defeated.
Because life isn't that bowl full of cherries. It's hard. We think that we can transcend time and space. But we don't realize how hard it is actually going to be.
We don't realize that we are going to have to climb out over and over, just to find ourselves back at square one.
We don't realize how much it will hurt when people betray us. Or our friends seem to suddenly vanish. Or people become mean and hateful simply because you see success. We don't realize how alone we will truly feel. We just don't.
When we actually experience these things it's debilitating.
It's like a total rebirth.
Things have to get really dark in order for you to see the light. If you thought you could just show up and skip along, it's going to hurt. Because you are going to get your shoe caught on the side walk and fall on your face. Maybe even break your nose.
But you know what the difference is between you and all those other people. You get up.
You wipe the blood off and reapply your mascara.
You get up. I pull myself out of the closet and try again. Again and again. I fall hard again, again and again. Until all those around me have given up.
That's when you are they only one left standing. People think you just appeared out of no where. They think you blew up over night.
They didn't see the struggles the broken bones and all those defeated moments. But you did. You felt them to the core. They hurt. You have the scars to prove it.
People only see success. They don't see how amazing your journey truly was. We've become a society who rewards those on top, instead of pushing those up along the way.
No matter where you are in your journey, I honor your bruises. I know that I can't compare my middle to some one else's ending. Why am I sharing this? Because I believe in you. SO you know that you are the one who gets back up. You are the one who falls hard and then keeps going. You don't leave all your work behind and give up. You learn the hard way. You accept and only follow the path that is hard.
There is no yellow brick road leading to OZ. You make the road. You build it. You are the trailblazer. So the next time you look at someone else and think wow, I can't do what they are doing. They got lucky. You are right, you can't. You can't do it. Because no one ever gets fucking lucky.
They just work harder than those around them. They believe in themselves deeper than others. When people mock them they use it as fuel because they don't even fucking care. You are that person. You are the true success story. You are just still writing the ending. And you get to write it your way.
Now work hard. Honor the falls. Pick yourself up and keep doing the shit that is going to give you your fairy tale ending.
You are just that lucky.