At this point. I’m just going to stop apologizing for the hiatuses.
You knew what you signed up for, after the last few breaks 😊.
In all seriousness though, I put a lot of pressure on myself trying to decide what I was going to write about for my 100th blog, that I ended up halting progress altogether.
I had so many ideas in my head: additional perspectives on life and death, the financial markets as it stands today, the plight of manhood in modern society. . .
Until it dawned on me that I can just stretch them out as a series, to celebrate blogging (albeit off and on) for the past 5 years.
I never thought I would continue such an endeavor for this long, but I’m glad I’ve been able to be a source of entertainment and inspiration to many of you who have stuck with me.
One of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written was “The Foundation.”
The imagery of digging deep to tower high in your accomplishments for all to see, has stuck with me over the past few years.
Consider this Foundation 2.0.
I know one of the problems people have with “hustle culture” is the feeling of constantly being productive.
It has been, is currently, and will likely always be the status qou of America.
If you aren’t working 60 hours of week, you aren’t working hard enough.
If you didn’t learn a new skill during our visit to COVIDLAND, you’re doing it wrong.
Save this. Invest that.
Everyday can be a constant reminder that you’re falling further and further behind.
It’s draining to the psyche, and I totally understand that I have played a part in that exhaustive feeling.
So here is the approach, the mantra I want you to have going forward:
“Find YOUR New 100%.”
This phrase comes from Mark Schlereth, a former NFL player describing how an athlete deals with a devastating injury, when they were at the top of their game.
After sustaining injuries so devastating, the toughest part about the recovery is knowing you may never be the person you once were.
And that’s ok. . .
Life shifts are numerous and, in a manner that causes us to no longer be the people we once were.
But there is an underlying blessing in these changes. We get to redefine ourselves.
Got laid off? Find Your New 100%.
Going through a breakup? Find Your New 100%.
You received a tough diagnosis? Find Your New 100%.
Recently lost a loved one? Mourn. Cry your tears. Take a deep breath. . . and Find Your New 100%.
You don’t have to hit the ground running. Take your time.
One hour. 30 minutes. Heck even 15 minutes. It will all compound in due time.
You owe it to yourself to be the best YOU, you can be.
BUT you also owe it to yourself, to give yourself grace and love and patience to move at the speed you want to.
YOU GOT THIS!
Weather Your Storm, Maintain Inner Reign -E.