As long as you don’t give up, you haven’t lost.
I know, what a cliché #amiright? But hear me out for just a sec.
Perseverance is important as duck (see how I cleverly replaced the F for a D? If you haven’t, well,now you have.)
Anyway, I was thinking about Graham Moore’s Oscars’ speech, you, know, the “Stay weird, stay different” one. Which brought me back to Tim Allen’s one liner in Galaxy Quest (a great Star Trek parody by the way) where he says “Never give up, never surrender.”
You know, a lot of people say those words, but they don’t really mean it, and I guess what I want to tell you tonight is to mean it. And eventually, whatever your goals are, they will happen. They might not develop just like you had envisioned them, but they will happen.
By now you’re all like, “Duck you, Madam W. That’s BS. You’ve got no idea what I’m going through.”
Weeeeell, I kind of do. Trust me.
We all think we’re so unique, right? And we are, but at the same time, we kind of aren’t.
See, every person on this Earth goes through shit in their lives (at some point or another), and here’s the trick: The levels of shit are infinite, and the majority of shit isn’t easy to relate to, or maybe it is, but that doesn’t matter. It’s still classified as shit because it’s shit to the person experiencing the shit. Makes sense?
Which basically means, “Respect other people’s battles” or as I like to call it, “Respect other people’s shit.”
It’s very simple: We all have obstacles to surpass, each and every one of us. And we all have dreams and goals we want to accomplish.
We all want to change something in our lives, which is the reason why we’re not born with what we wanted or needed. We have to learn and evolve in order to reach that magical state we want to be in. Sometimes, those around us have to learn and evolve too. And we might not reach our goals today, or tomorrow, or even in our lifetime (gender and race equality anyone?). But eventually, we will.
As long as we stay true to ourselves and never give up.
Besides, it’s a really nice journey. Tough as hell, but totally worth it. I guess those of us who manage to reach old age come to realize that we set our goals to set our journey.
It’s all part of the “We’re fighting for something” cycle, and as in any cycle, once we reach our goals (if we are lucky enough), we start looking for a new purpose. Why? And this is where your mind gets blown:
In the end, we’re seeking journeys.
So never give up, never surrender. Stay true to yourself, and stay weird and stay different. Respect other people’s battles and make sure to enjoy the ride.
And always, always, always, have something to fight for.