Curveballs

by | Dec 3, 2021

Life sure as heck throws in some curveballs, right?

There you are, sailing along, getting some momentum, finally gathering steam, and whoomf!

Curveball.

Whether it’s on a global scale like Covid or a more personal situation like bad health, unexpected redundancy, loss of a loved one, etc.

Our lives if you really drill them down are literally a series of curveballs with some plain sailing thrown in to keep us sane!

Hence why quotes such as Winston Churchills;

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

or Bruce Lee’s;

“Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

are so poignant.

That’s not to say it’s all bad. Curveballs can in fact offer opportunities. Silver linings on dark clouds so to speak.

Many a new business venture has come off the back of redundancy, or a renewed sense of priorities after a bout of ill health.

The key is to put yourself in the best position possible to manage curveballs as they’re thrown at you.

From my own experience, as I write this I’ve just returned to my current home in Phuket, Thailand from an unexpected 5-month stint in the UK.

My dear old 83-year-old Mum had fallen and broken her hip and I rushed home to support my sister and be there for Mum.

Unfortunately, while in hospital she fell and broke the other hip, but even worse she was diagnosed with emphysema and congenital heart failure.

Little did we know it at the time, but after multiple tests and consultant visits, it was confirmed that Mum has late-stage COPD. Roughly translated as she’s very poorly and the prognosis ain’t so great.

Literally, the weekend before I left, I’d said to my daughter, ‘I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been right now.

My new business project was coming on nicely, my marriage was fab as always, my relationship with my daughter was great, I had an awesome group of friends, I lived in paradise. Everything had fallen into place after the tumultuous covid restricted 2020 and I was as happy as a sandboy.

Then wallop. Everything upended with one phone call and I suddenly found myself leaving my husband & daughter and traveling through airports that resembled ghost towns into a Covid riddled UK.

What followed however was an extremely enlightening UK summer. I got to spend time with my Mum, sister & extended family. We were able to get Mum the care she needed and ensure she’s in the best possible place for ongoing quality of life. I had the privilege of clearing & selling Mum’s house to a beautiful young couple of first-time house buyers. I got to experience the marmite wonderland that has besieged the UK supermarkets and, to stay mentally strong & resilient I exercised like crazy, became fitter and stronger than I’ve been in a while, and lost 10KG’s in the process (22lbs).

What had the potential to be a pretty grim few months turned into a positive experience and as we speak, Mum is stable, more alive than she has been for a few years, and I’ve been able to return home to my little family unit for the time being.

The moral of the story, other than turning negatives into positives is, that because I run a lifestyle business which means I can open my laptop from anywhere in the world and make a few tweaks now and then to ensure everything is still working, I’m in the enviable position of being able to deal with curveballs like this easily.

A lifestyle business gives you the freedom to react to challenging situations with the utmost flexibility. Even if you’re at the beginning stages which requires more of your time, you can work in your PJ’s in the middle of the night if needs be.

The whole point of a lifestyle business is that the business fits around your lifestyle, rather than you having to fit your life around your business or job.

It’s the ultimate freedom.

And as Albert Einstein said;

‘Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it’

No matter where you are in your journey, whether loving every moment or constantly batting away curveballs, keep putting one step in front of the other and moving forward, for freedom isn’t just the end result, it’s in the knowledge you’re fighting for what you want.

Have a fab week!
 

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