Our worst enemy is not always an individual person in our lives. It isn’t the girl in high school who you didn’t get along with or your boss that makes your life difficult. It isn’t the ref who made a bad call, making you lose the game or your in-laws that nitpick each aspect of your life. Instead, that enemy may be a feeling inside of you. Your own brain may be getting in the way of your own success.
I know that the little devil on your shoulder grows and grows until it isn’t so little anymore. It yells at you. It hurts you. And at times, it feels like it is crushing you. But it isn’t, doesn’t, and won’t ever. If you have the courage to remind yourself how amazing you are, that devil will shrink again. If you have the courage to remind yourself how many people care about you, that devil will shrink. And if you have the courage to believe that positivity can spur from anywhere and anything, that devil will shrink.
You are not alone in these feelings. Everyone has their enemy. I know that I have mine. But if you have the strength to keep going – even on those days when the world is spinning – you will gain control. You have the power to change your life and, whether you realize it or not, are in complete control. And if you feel like you’re tumbling, then it’s okay to fall. Just don’t let that voice in your head keep you from standing back up. It may be hard to conquer your enemy, but you can do it. I can do it. And you don’t have to do it alone.
“We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.” – Brad Meltzer