“Lullaby” by Nickelback – take a breath

This song’s lyrics are not only powerful, but lifesaving.  I listened to it multiple times this morning – in the wee hours of the morning, not able to sleep, but so tired I could hardly keep my head up.   There are times when we feel like we’re drowning.  Other times, we feel like nobody cares and nobody’s going to miss us if we’re gone, but I assure you that that’s not true.  There’s always one more sunrise coming, one more opportunity for you to improve life, one more breath to breathe if you hang on, so just hang on.  Focus on that one breath at a time.  That’s all you can breathe anyway – one breath at a time.  Pretty soon, you’ll be able to hold your head up, then you’ll be able to roll over.  If you keep going, you can sit up, and then maybe manage to stand.  Still breathing, you can go to the window and see that sunrise.  The colors will send shivers down your spine and you’ll realize that you’re still alive.  Thank God you’re still alive for the sake of the people who would indoubtedly miss you if you were gone.  Thank God that you’re alive because you’re not done with what you have to do here on this Earth yet…  One more breath, and one breath at a time, will lead you to and through many great things and many terrible things, but you will see that sunrise, I assure you, if you don’t quit.  Never give up.  Never quit.  You keep breathing one breath at a time, and remember the sunrise.  A new day every day gives you the opportunity to make better decisions, recover from that addiction and add another day to the ever-growing count of days without that evil you’re trying to escape, get the help you need for that mental or physical disorder, get stronger, and love someone, especially yourself.  Every day is a new start.  Every moment is a new beginning because every  breath is new and different than the last.  Every breath is unique.  Spend your breaths wisely.  And never give up!  Make the most of each and every breath, each and every moment, each and every  day, and you can change the world.  Hang on.  Keep hanging on.

There’s a lot of frustration mixed with joy when I climb right now.  My injuries are healing and I’m getting stronger, but I think sometimes how, if these injuries hadn’t sidelined me for five months, I’d be much farther in my progress.  I’m right where I’m supposed to be in life, though.  It’s a trial.  So I focus on my breathing.  I focus on my footwork and my  technique.  I focus on my body position on the wall.  I think about my  food choices.  I hydrate and take care of myself.  Most of all, I enjoy every breath, even when it feels like I’m going to die.  That’s when I feel most alive!  So keep breathing, never give up, climb hard, and look forward to those sunrises!

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