Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reality Bites!!!

“Harsh Doses of Reality”

We often go through life being carried along the wayside, with parents who love us, teaching us about the harsh realities that go along with living, or getting swallowed by the undercurrents called: pain, sorrow, deception, hate, negativity. As children we are molded into the people we usually become as an adult. Having strong values, morals, self-respect, confident, and the ability to see things in positivity instead of the opposite, building character, strengthening our foundation, but sometimes life is sugarcoated for our taste buds and the bitterness of it is left as a bad aftertaste, catching us totally and completely off guard.

Knowing our self-worth becomes the ultimate playbook in this game of life. Each strategic move can either lead us to victory, known as happiness and success, or defeat, otherwise known as rejection. Who wants to go through life feeling helpless, hopeless, plagued with a dark cloud hanging over their heads? Struggle creates depth to our souls, and stumbling blocks push us over the edge of reasoning so that we can learn how to become relatable. Being transparent is how people connect with us. It’s how we connect with ourselves. No one wants to be bothered with a “know-it-all-I-got-my-shit-together-I’m-on-top-of-the-world-and-better-than-you-asshole”.

Yeah, yeah, yeah! We have all heard the saying a time or too many times to count, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, but in harsh doses of reality, we don’t just get lemons, instead we get coconuts, apples, and a few bananas. When this happens, we have to learn and know how to simply make a great cocktail, relax, breathe, and make up our minds to take life by the balls, get off our pity-party and go in swinging, fighting to the death like a raging bull. Don’t get so wrapped up that we lose the sense of who we are. You are not alone. ‘Everybody plays the fool sometimes!’ But, we don’t have to stay that way.

Sure, we want a loving family with both parents living under the same roof, siblings we fight with but stand with unconditionally, a loving partner and children who never get into trouble, make good grades and are very respectful, but reality does happen. Life happens, throwing us curve ball after curve ball, beating us down to our lowest point. All the things Grandmomma and Momma and Daddy told us become lies, or so we think, when faced with harsh doses of reality! It’s solely up to us how we handle these things that come without warning. “Don’t you know that its’ always calm before every storm!” If Jesus could get betrayed, beaten, nailed to the cross and left for dead, who are we? We are not exempt!!

So, when life comes at you like the Miami Heat in the NBA play-offs: stand tall, stick your chest out, look it straight in the eyes, and smile. You are victorious! You are more than a conqueror! And harsh doses of reality can kiss your ass, while watching you walk proudly into your purpose. “Don’t allow pressure, pride, or pain, to pause your progress down the path to reaching your full-potential. Push forward!”

Until next time, be inspired, be encouraged and be YOU!!!

Purple Hugs & Kisses,
Keke Chanel  

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