It ain’t over till it’s over this Yogi Berra’s saying sparked the idea for my blog post today. How many times has life brought you to a point where you see no hope in sight only to recover from it again? Plenty right? It’s because life is a little like that it’s a series of trials and tribulations and you may feel it’s the end of the road but success is only just waiting for you up ahead.
Up then back down
Unlike some people I haven’t had a smooth career graph there have always been ups and downs. What always hurt the most was just when I seemed to be doing well I gave up. This brought about long periods of being at home, isolation and worry. My self esteem and confidence would take a beating that getting back into the game would seem even harder. I’ve often felt that it’s over for me, that this time I’ve done it and ruined everything that has been working for me.
Things seem dark and not in my control. Even through the impossible time you finally see the light come hitting you and bringing you out to what you deserve. I’ve often chanced upon better opportunities after a lull period and regained my strength to excel at the work given to me even though I have felt I’ve lost the drive to work hard.
“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” The Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East in July 1973. They rallied to clinch the division title and eventually reached the World Series.
It may seem like you are trailing behind like the Mets did and you can’t push yourself back up. In time you will find the courage to make your way forward and clinch the title you deserve.
I feel it is all about timing and till the time isn’t right for you nothing seems to work in your favour. It’s a steady stream of failures and disappointments. Patience through it all is important without it you are nothing.
A friend once highly qualified could not just find a job despite leaving no stone unturned. Sometimes he wouldn’t get through the interview because he was overqualified for the job. Instead of frustration letting him get the better of him, he accepted that it wasn’t the right time for things to work. He busied himself at home and helped with the household, finding joy in taking care of the plants. After a very long period he did get the job of his dreams and went on to be very successful. I always admired his patience and sense of humour which was intact at the time. I think it got him through.
Life is a series of twists and turns you may hit a brick wall along the way but know that you can meander almost everything life throws at you.
So if you find yourself lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering what your next move should be and you only seem to draw a blank. Breathe, brush away the tears, let loose a little, have patience, hit a home run and say to yourself it ain’t over till its over.