Life isn’t always sunshine, big smiles, and happy living. It is a constant roller coaster of peaks and valleys as we move through stages and circumstance that come with aging. Some things we can avoid, others, come with the territory. Regardless, everyday we are presented obstacles, questions of doubt, and problems that must be solved in order for us to “level up.”
I speak so frequently of my personal hardships and times of doubt, but have never broken down exactly what I do during these times of transition, questioning, and problem solving. No, I am not on fire 365 days of the year. I too have days, weeks, and even months of living in a rut. Whether it be short term, a few months, or years worth of time, these are the 5 things that I feel make the biggest difference when you are in a “rut.”
5. “This too shall pass.” As with all things, whatever you are going through, whatever heartbreak or headache, it too shall pass. Literally say this phrase to yourself… take a few deep breaths in and say, “This too shall pass.” Believe it. Believe it because tough times don’t last, tough people do. The first step in getting out of a rut is having faith that the pain is only temporary and is setting you up for much more in the future. Everything that happens to you is because of you, it’s all part of the plan, the good and the bad. Keep the faith.
Move already. Yep. Just pack your shit and go.
Ever since I was a kid I remember having dreams of living all over the world. I have yet to live in another country, but, I have had the pleasure of living short and long term stays in Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Hawaii, and of course Montana. I’m creeping up on 25 years old and it feels like yesterday that I loaded up my 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, AKA… “ The Silver Bullet,” at the ripe age of 19 headed south to pursue a life’s goal of wrestling for a Division I university. The journey that follows the tears I shed as I left Great Falls for Tempe, Arizona six years ago is one that by fate, destiny, or whatever mojo you want to call it, brought me back to the same place I was so young and eager to get to after what feels like a lifetime ago.
Once my dream of being a National Champion could not come true due to a series of back surgeries, I spent the next five years finding myself and my purpose. Let me give you a timeline of places that I have lived and what business venture I attempted during this time, bear with me…