So the following are true stories May 26
2003 Aron Ralston was hiking a boulder fell on his right hand he waited for
days then he amputated his own arm with a pocketknife on New Year’s Eve a woman
who was bungee jumping in Zimbabwe the cord broke she then fell into a river
and had to swim back to land and crocodile infested waters with a broken
collarbone Claire Chaplin was smashed in the face by five pound watermelon being
propelled by a slingshot Mathew BRABUS was hit by a javelin david Striegel was
punched in the mouth by a kangaroo the most amazing part of these stories is
when asked about the experience they all smiled shrugged and said I guess things
could have been worse so go ahead tell me that you’re having a
bad day tell me about the traffic tell me about your boss tell me about the job
you’ve been trying to quit for the past four years tell me the morning is a town
house burning to the ground tell me the snooze button is a fire extinguisher
tell me the alarm clock stole the keys be a smile who drove it into 7:00 a.m.
and the crash total joy happiness tell me tell me tell me how blessed are we to
have tragedy so small it can fit on the tips of our tongues
you see when Evan if you and Evan losses like he was speechless when my cousin
was assaulted she didn’t speak for 48 hours when my uncle was murdered we had
to send out a search party to find my father’s voice most people most people
most people have no idea that tragedy and silence have the exact when your day is a museum of
disappointment hanging from events that were outside of your control when you
find yourself flailing in an ocean of why is this happening to me when it
feels like your guardian angel putting this two-week notice two months ago and
just decided not to tell you when it feels like God is a babysitter that’s
always on the phone we get puts in the esophagus by fist full of life remember
and every year too many people die of dehydration so it doesn’t matter if the
glass is half-full or half-empty there’s water in the cup drink that shit and
stop complaining see muscle you see muscle muscle is created by repeatedly
lifting things that are been designed to way it has. so when you show this thing heavystand up straight lifted chin he’ll call it exercise remember that
life is a gym membership with a really complicated cancellation policy remember
as you will survive remember things could be worse remember we are never
ever given anything that we can’t handle when the world crumbles around you you
have to look at the wreckage and then build a new one out of all the pieces
that are still here remember you are still here the human heart beats
approximately 4,000 times per hour and each pulse each throb each palpitation
is a trophy engraved with the words you are still you are still alive act like it.

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