When I was coming of age there was a spat of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies and amongst these the band Survivor provided the theme song Eye of the Tiger:
So many times it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive
We often hold the belief that life will be fair, just and our efforts rewarded – but life circumstances, Mother Nature and kismet dole tragedy and challenges indiscriminately and disappointment can seem epic; it can be so easy to feel sorry for ourselves. Our ability to navigate life, to be carried safely forward as a tidal wave threatens to swamp all that you know is no small character trait; take solace if you are fortunate to both possess and recognise this blessing.
I mention this as two girlfriends struggle with ‘what’s next?’ and a man with whom I am newly acquainted is a widower of eight years raising his own son and also his niece whose own parents are deceased. What I am facing – my choice of ending the exploration of love with the most recent candidate for my heart because my feelings were developing faster than his – pales in comparison.
In the east, the ‘eye of the tiger’ signifies death. But sometimes ‘death’ can be metaphorical for the clearing away of something less than what is optimal for ourselves and for enhancing our life and circumstances. Attitude is everything. Adages of ‘the strong survive’ ‘pick yourself up and dust yourself off’ ‘that which doesn’t kill you make you stronger’ exist for valid reasons – and friends who will help you focus on moving forward while they lament your current situation by your side.
It’s said that magic happens when you jump out of your comfort zone (the dread status quo, otherwise known in my mind as a living purgatory). Magic isn’t always in the scope of fireworks exploding over fairytale (or ancient) castles. Magic is that soft white light that fills your being, it’s the determination of spirit to make positive change even as it scares you senseless, magic is the stuff of small steps coupled with big dreams and not letting anything dissuade you from the creation of the reality you richly deserve. Magic is taking the lessons learned and being stronger for the disappointment – and still leaving your heart open to the world and all its wonder.
With challenges in life you can either be a victim or do something about it. As Katy Perry suggests, go Roar, like a tiger!
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