Life can be a son of a gun and then some! Some folks seem like they have it substantially easier than others and live a problem-free life, but keep in mind that everything is not always what it seems. Some people may just know how to cope with or hide pain and disappointment better. 


Either way, life just doesn’t seem to play fair sometimes no matter how you slice it. Sometimes, you may feel like you have every reason to want to throw in the towel and call it quits, but I encourage you to keep a fire under your derriere (not a literal fire, though (lol)). At times, it may feel like you can’t catch a break if you were wearing a baseball mitt the size of King Kong’s right hand (By the way, I am not sure if King Kong's left or right-handed (lol)). 


I wrote this blog specifically with you in mind if you are down in the dumps, not sure which way to turn, lonely and sad from being away from a loved one, losing sleep from worrying, and/or just may need that extra inspiring push to keep going and not give up. Life can be brutal. Life can be kind and life can be everything in between. But, life is nothing if you don't dare to dream. 


Make sure that you find healthy ways to take care of yourself so that you can contend with the curve balls and uncertainties of life that may jeopardize your state of mind and put you at risk of giving up. A support system can be great for those who are fortunate enough to have or create in order to stay encouraged, but not everyone has a solid support system. Nevertheless, I put together the following reasons why you should not give up on hope, your dreams, goals, and life: 


1) Life is filled with ups and downs and unpredictable twists and turns for just about everyone and hardly anyone is exempt from some form of adversity.

Why deprive yourself of the opportunity and challenge for self-growth and to create individual and/or collective solutions and desired results, to get better at mastering and conquering the "Downs", and lavishing and basking during the "Ups"? Give yourself the (long-term) chance to grow and improve. This can offer you the importunity to inspire others to persevere.

2) Someone, including your family, friends, and loved ones, may be counting on you to set examples of inspiration and hope for them. 

I know. I know. I know. This thought can make you feel like you’re in the hot seat and under extreme pressure. You do realize that diamonds are formed under high temperatures and extreme pressure, right? Be selfless to a degree and shine bright like a diamond! You have yourself, others, and something else to live for as well as others who may unbeknownst to you, be living for you too.


3) You may regret one day what you didn’t do or try to become if you give up.

In 1998, I had an elderly husband and wife couple graduate together in my two-year community college graduating class. They didn’t give up and no one can ever take that accomplishment away from them! It's never too late to defy and surpass your own expectations.


4) You can give your life some type of positive, memorable, and/or profound meaning and purpose and make it count for something, no matter how minute that meaning may seem, based on how you choose to live before you die. 

Find some joy in the pain. Dance in the rain. Smile or laugh more often to keep from going insane! Dare to wake up everyday with passion and purpose!


5) Your life may simply become boring, meaningless, stagnant, and a surefire way to a slow and agonizing death.

Have the last laugh in life by not giving up even if you must rest, compose yourself, and keep pushing. Believe it or not, I’ve seen folks in their caskets appear to have a smile on their face.


It is no secret that once we become of age to experience life in a greater capacity, we can experience the joys and pains of life. It is a given that we will experience and be tested with challenges. Cell Block Legendz encourages you to keep persevering despite your difficulties and never give up. 

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