[A beautiful jellyfish at the Sealife Aquarium in Carlsbad, CA]
“I get knocked down but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down!” (-Lyrics from Tubthumping) Even though that song may have a completely different interpretation of what I have remembered it to be, I remember this chorus and it reminds me of being resilient.
I think resilience is something we as humans have come to adapt at a very early age. When something harmful happens to us as toddler and kids, we are usually told that everything will be ok and not to worry. We are cared for, loved and nurtured so we wouldn’t have to be in any pain or endure suffering. As we grow up, we don’t want to receive that much nurturing because we are expected to be more resilient, strong and brave. We are not to show any sign of weakness or pain and thus becoming resilient to adversities and pain. So why do we even hurt in the first place? To me, I think that unfortunate situations happen for 3 reasons:
1. It makes our skin tougher: Sometimes we can over-hear unpleasant comments sometimes and our best bet is to take it with a grain of salt and know that your higher consciousness knows better
2. It allows us to be grateful for the things that are going right in our lives such as our good health, our happy times with friends and family. To highlight the good in our life is much more important than to highlight everything that is going wrong.
3. It teaches us to not sweat the small things: Sometimes you’ll know when you’re acting dramatic or overly exaggerated to get a response to feed your emotions or ego.
To me, there’s always a bigger picture beyond our daily duties. At the end of the day, you must gather happiness from within yourself and be truly grateful. Being able to stay strong and being true to yourself is much more important that the little disputes that you may encounter throughout the day. So chin up and keep on truckin’!