When Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong you have to be prepared to deal with it alone.

A thirty minutes ago I was swimming in the pool, first time after 8 years. It was a great experience. I felt alive again. Somehow I still remember how to swim.

Things went wrong for me. I had multiple ear surgeries, beforehand that didn’t allow me to do so. Flashlight forward I just decided to go again, but not in the ocean, not in the sea, just in a small pool. Which I considered fairly safe. A controlled environment that gives the courage to try. Because I need to avoid water, by all means, I put those earplugs that I bought online recently. First time I ever used them. But somehow I trusted them. So I jumped in and start swimming. I felt like revived, just losing your body weight in the water felt so releasing. But thinking about the earplugs made me push them a little bit too much inside. After five more laps, I felt tired and exhausted. I was happy with the workout, but then something happens. I couldn’t get one out of my ear.

Why I am telling this story now?

Probably you never had such an experience, but things sometimes go wrong, doesn’t matter who you are. Life just doesn’t care. This moments are stressing ourselves and making us more awake. Awake for our flaws. Everybody has them, even presidents, CEOs of big companies and business owners. But most of us run away from them. We hide our scars and shy away from them.

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Revealing your story how you struggled I believe is a powerful tool. It brings more serenity to oneself. It is healing for the soul and can make you even a little proud that you have passed that test.

In a sense life is about strengthening your skills and accepting your flaws.

We no longer live in the era of the Renaissance. When smart artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci made their remarkable contribution to the world. They knew so many things in so many different domains of work. While then was perceived as a glamorous achievement, today is utterly impossible. Our knowledge in every field of knowledge is far broader. That means that trying to learn everything at the same time will only slow you down. Yet some polymaths still exists, but not many as there are “jack of all trades”. Specialization nowadays requires a lot of work and devotion, focused on one thing. Easier said than done…

Losing control

Often I tend to get serious for small stuff, often I tend to get very goofy. And perhaps I miss the right moments for one and the other. It starts to get awkward and I feel how my body is stressing out and I turn into my head. It’s just so restraining that trumps your performance. Well, those moments will come, we all know that humans do make errors and it’s okay. Some are not so easily forgiven, however, time is in our favor. Better later than never.

But nobody likes losing control of their reality. Apart from drugs and alcohol, we would like to satisfy our needs and to do so we have to steer the wheel.  Despite emotions that are trying to control us, mindfulness and presence can help you get on the right track. Yet sometimes it could be naive to think only being present will solve your problem. Take massive action.

Life is what it happening to you while you are busy making other plans.
John Lenon

What was your last situation of those? How did it end?

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