“Life’s tough, get a helmet”
Eric Matthews may have had the best piece of advice given to Corey Matthews in Boy Meets World. Obviously, that kid went through everything including growing up, getting his first kiss, underage drinking, and being a virgin until marriage. Corey was always between a rock and a hard place. Shawn would put him in the worst situations where he would have to lie. He was always getting into it with the school bully. Even Topanga was a bit crazy and broke up with him because she loved him. I mean, this kid went through it all. He never forgot those words from his dopey older brother, and persevered.
You can’t get through life on ice skates. It takes work to be who you are. To be human. To be decent. It doesn’t matter if it is in your personal or professional life. You have to do work.
There are those people who are handed everything. It seems that they have to work very little and good just happens. You sit by, and watch. Stunned. How can all this be happening to them, and I can’t catch a break?
Life throws you curve balls. One day you are making minimum wage at a retail job, and the next you are making more money than you know what to do with at a desk. How do you handle that? With ease, thankfully? Adjusting to change is a weird thing. How you react is actually what defines you.
You can’t always get what you want. Maybe you had something great, and you lost it. A relationship, job, car, money, or even yourself. How do you get that back? Do you even want it back?
All these metaphors for life. All these little antidotes to give you something to say when you can’t explain why something happens. When you need that extra bit of hope that something will go right, or why something goes wrong. All these metaphors can’t replace the work that you have to put in to get what you want.
Take that risk, go back to school, quit your job, move across the country. Whatever it takes to get you towards that goal, do it. It’s going to be hard, you are going to struggle. You have to work for what you want, and never forget that.
Just like it says on Nathans basement wall, "No Pressure, No Diamonds.”