What We Learn When We Fall Down
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Have you ever fallen down? Can you remember the last time you fell down? How did it happen and how did you react? We all fall down sometimes. That is an aspect of being human. No one is perfect and there are obstacles we don’t account for in our everyday lives. Though falling down happens to everyone from time to time, it is how you react which sets you apart.
As a kid, I am sure you fell down often. My son does it all the time. When he falls down and hurts himself, he usually composes himself and gets right back up. He doesn’t require that I pick him up and hold him. Most of the time, he doesn’t even cry.
I tell him the same thing my parents told me. “You’re OK, just pick yourself up and keep going.” Those words stuck with me, not only because the advice is solid, but it pertains to more things than actually falling down. How you react to stumbles can define how you will react to all things not going your way.
my debt fall down
I remember clearly my debt fall down. I wasn’t too careful and followed the wrong crowd to the debt playground. Ridden with hidden pitfalls and opportunities for injury, the debt playground is a familiar place for many. No matter how we got there, I am sure we didn’t want to stay too long.
Unfortunately, some just keep toiling around that playground and falling into the traps. I spent four years there and I fell down many times, but I always pulled myself back up and kept going. I was pushing harder to get away from that playground and not go back. It was an evil place.
I consider the playground the time we hold our debts. We got there in our own unique ways, but then at some point, we decide that we want to leave. Unfortunately, that is not how the debt playground works. You have to go through all of the playground challenges in order to leave. Not only go through them, but complete them. When you are on your debt repayment journey, you might feel everything is going right.
Then, all of the sudden, something breaks and you have to pony up the cash to fix it. You don’t have any extra money, so you have to incur more debt to fix it. This is considered a fall on the debt playground. What do you do when this happens?
Get Up and Go or Stay Down and Pout
I’ve learned already my son is going to be one who never stays down when he falls. No matter the circumstance, he will get up, brush himself off, and move forward. He will have goals and will try to reach them. He gets that from both myself and my wife. We fall here and there, but we never stay down. I don’t give up on the fight, no matter the opponent. I have felt outmatched before, but I worked harder and faster than my opponent. I bobbed and weaved to stay in. I fell, but I always got back up. My parents taught me that lesson and I will teach my son the same.
We are defined by how we react to adversity. If you get knocked down or fall, but decide to stay down and pout about it, then you might run into a lot of hard times in your life. Life is like walking around a construction site full of dangerous elements and pitfalls. You have to be vigilant, keep your head on straight, and when you do fall, just pull yourself back up and keep going.
Paying off debt or having money concerns is the same way. There is no issue with asking for help when you fall, but you shouldn’t resign yourself to not getting up without it. A helping hand might not be around all of the time. We learn when we are small to dust ourselves off and keep walking.
Your debt free journey is the same way. Keep your eye on the prize and focus your attention on handling your money woes. You will feel better at the end and you will have also learned a valuable lesson in dealing with life’s ups and downs.
Have you spent time on the debt playground? What do you do when you fall down in debt or in life? Who models resilience for you?
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