Don’t let the train stop.

Trains can climb steep hills, just don’t let them slip. Credit: Monoceros84

There’s an old Yiddish proverb that goes something along the lines of “We plan, God laughs.” While I’m by no means a religious person, this simple quote always makes me smile. You never understand the truth behind it until life comes along and wrecks months of careful plans with the completely unexpected. I guess that’s why it’s called the unexpected.

I guess that’s why it’s called the unexpected.

I’ve always considered myself a realist. When things don’t work based on my expectations, I am the sort of person who always just adjusts and continues onwards. When I make mistakes, I fix them. When something around me changes, I figure out a new path and take it.

But sometimes that becomes hard. Sometimes, it starts to feel like life just keeps derailing your train. Each time after you pick it up and put it back on the tracks, another sharp, derailing curve is thrown at you.

A person can only take so many falls.

After a while, it gets harder to get that train to start moving again. Eventually, one of those times, you’ll finally have put the train back on the tracks, only to find that after all the energy spent fixing it, you’ve run out of steam to get the train moving again. Whether it’s from fear of another derailment, or you’re just wiped and don’t have the energy to try again, the results are the same — your trains stopped.

But here’s the thing about life: I believe that those tracks that everyone follows, they’re slightly sloped upwards. Which means that if you’ve stopped moving forwards, you’re going to start slowly slipping backwards. And because of gravity (and the whole acceleration thing) that backwards slip in life will accelerate. It will be harder to stop the slip and get momentum moving up that slight slope again. Life becomes really hard, really quick.

I know, because I’ve felt it, and I’m sure every person you pass in the street has to some degree.

Keep going forward up the hill, even if it means walking one step at a time. Photo credit: MTSOfan

I think that’s why it’s so important that — no matter how much shit life throws at you and no matter how many times your train derails — you make sure you are doing something — anything. Even if that means keeping up with your habit of drinking a glass of water when you wake up. It’s still something.

Don’t let your train go backwards, because it’s a lot harder to get moving again if it’s moving in the wrong direction.





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