What if I ride out the storm, because I can?Life has its ups and downs

Sometimes things go as planned, sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes you have the support you need, sometimes you don’t.

Sometimes mountains are actually only molehills, and sometimes they’re Everest.

Whether we make it through the peaks and troughs in one piece ultimately depends on our attitude.

So, try this perspective on for size:

“I tell my kids…think of yourself like a captain, and you’ve got this little boat. And sometimes the weather’s good, and you’re just sailing, and sometimes big storms hit, and you know, you’re in a stormy sea, but just ride it out, ride it out. Because it’s good to be alive.”

~ Patti Smith

Next time things get hairy, instead of running away, how about lifting your face to the rain and wind and facing your fears head on?

  • What can you see and feel when you’re riding your personal storm?
  • What can you learn from it, to handle things better next time?

Skippers put in plenty of sailing time before they get their license. So think of this as part of your training.

I realised after completing this doodle that I didn’t give her a life preserver – how very irresponsible of me!

Yet sometimes life is like that, where there’s no time to grab whatever is going to protect you. Instead, you’ve just got to hold on like hell until it’s through!

4 things to try and remember while you’re gripping the mast and trying to keep down your lunch:

  1. The sun is shining above those storm clouds
  2. Coming out the other side will make you feel stronger and more alive
  3. It’s ok to cry. But it’s even better to cry “Yeehah!”
  4. You can do this!

So, are you ready to make “brazen storm rider” your new middle name? :)