You Have Another Chance
This morning, the sun rose.
I need you to understand how powerful I feel when I see the sun. Every morning, the sun brings joy to my soul, because it's evidence that I have another chance at life. No matter how hard yesterday was, or how much I failed, I have a chance to begin again. I have the chance to do better, and even though yesterday beat me down, I have the chance to get up off the ground again.
Every single day is a new beginning.
Far too many of us have been holding onto things that don't serve us. We've been holding onto things that weigh us down instead of pulling us forward, and at the end of the day, our souls are so bogged down it feels like getting up is impossible. Even though the sun rises after it falls, our souls tend to get so weighed down that we falsely believe we can't do the same. We all go through dark seasons of life. We all go through tough periods, rough chapters, and hard times. Trust me—I get it. Often, moving forward seems easier said than done. Moving on seems impossible, and I know what some of you might be thinking. You might be thinking, "Trent, I don't even know what I'm moving onto."
Let me tell you something—stop worrying about where you're going. As counterintuitive as it sounds, focusing on everything that's stressing you out isn't always productive. Often, focusing on stress only ends up compounding it. In reality, at least one facet of your life will almost always be stressful. Instead of focusing on that stress, focus on the two a's—acceptance and association.
First, accept that you have to move forward. Accept that if you don't move forward, you'll never find closure. If you don't better yourself, you'll never know how incredible your life could have been. At the end of the day, moving forward is all we've got. Moving forward is the only way to ensure that we can look back on our lives and feel satisfied. Stop waiting on things that will never show up for you. Stop expecting success and satisfaction on a silver platter. Instead, accept that life will throw curveballs, and become an adaptation machine.
Second, stop associating wrong. Stop associating one negative piece of your life with complete pain. Stop associating one bad person or one bad choice with a life that is completely ruined. In reality, the things that cause our pain are often less correlated with the grand scheme of our lives than we realize. In the moment, it's easy to believe that one bad day is the end of the world. It's easy to believe our lives are over, but let me tell you something—your life isn't over until you stop breathing. No matter how slowly you move forward, moving forward at all means your life will get better—I promise.
It all starts with you.