I’m putting two videos up tonight because I really want to knock the shit out of the world tonight.
See, the world whooped my ass for a good couple of hours today. Matter of fact, hadn’t been whooped like that in a while.
A little quick background. My wife and I spent this weekend working with a contractor (providing some labor to save some dough) fixing a major home repair we’d been procrastinating on for a bit. So, we fixed a couple major leaks, replaced a gutter, put up some new sheetrock, and resealed it all with trim. Lot of work, took better than two days.
And it obviously cost a decent amount of money.
But it felt great afterward. You know how when you do a big project like that, you feel a million times better afterward? You feel relieved. You feel proud. You feel less stressed.
Well, this morning we woke up to the leaks having returned, only worse. So, I spent two hours just about ready to pull my hair out. I was out in the rain on the roof trying to see what had happened. I was in our tiny, cramped attic, hitting my head in the pitch-black dark while waving a tiny flashlight around in an act that basically bordered on complete helplessness. (Why in the world don’t we have a larger flashlight?!)
And, of course, life knew that wasn’t enough, so it brought back a serious dose of pain for a crown I recently had replaced, and decided that for good measure, it would throw in five days of low books sale, which are 1/3 of what they had been.
So, for about two hours, life had me pinned. Life had me thinking, “You know, Stan, you just thought life could be good. That life could be something other than a nearly desperate struggle. We’ll show your ass. You’re weak. You’re nothing special. We’re going to break your ass, get you back working some shitty job, and you’ll be giving up on these insane dreams you’ve been holding onto for too long to recall.”
I’ll give it to life. They brought their A game today. And there I thought I had kicked their ass enough so that they’d leave me the hell alone.
Well, it took a while for me to regroup, but we’ve got two tarps up and the day in the rain reminded me how miserable it is to be soaked. And how I’m so thankful I no longer spend much of my time in such a state. (Huge props and mad respect to all infantry and combat arms warriors out there serving in the rain this very night.)
Tomorrow, we’ll start getting quotes on replacing the roof, and I’ll find time to get by the dentist again. Oh, and I just checked, and it looks like the day ended with a a partial return on my sales and nice book review.
And that leaves just one thing left to do on this beautiful day.
First, a quick message to life. “Listen, you stupid SOB. You think today’s little bit of fun was enough to change my life direction?
“Have you forgotten the months I spent living in a friends basement practically homeless, with no ability to pay myself from my company or even pay any money toward my friends for rent? Have you forgotten the nearly $150k I invested into that dream, against nearly all my friends and family’s wishes? The ‘failure’ of that dream should of broken my spirit. Newsflash: It didn’t.
“Tomorrow, I’m going to write more and work still harder toward my dream.
“Furthermore, I’m going to keep inspiring others. And you know what? You better watch your back because they’re coming after you, too.”
Now for those two videos. Remember my friends. You’re never too old, and there’s never a valid excuse.
Actually, on further thought, I’m still pissed life thought it could take me, so here’s one more video. This one is of a man who set the record for most pull ups in 24 hours. And get this: He’s 54!!! Not 18 or 21 or 30. Fifty. Four. If that doesn’t inspire you, then I’m not sure what else I can say…
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.
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