Honey Badger Says…

Posted by: on Mar 12, 2012 | 6 Comments

I worship hard work & persistence as if they were gods. Not because I believe life to be a meritocracy, but because life knocks you down. The only way to succeed is to get back up. Lately, life has been knocking me down a lot (often literally), only to double back and issue another hard blow to the chest just as I’m getting to my feet.

Most of the time I’m like a little honey badger with a bring it on attitude. But occasionally, I just want to pack it all in and go back to bed. In fact, sometimes I do that. I’ve even gone so far as to pout. I’m also prone to tearful outbursts and strings of expletives. Over these last few months, I’ve been working overtime on a big project, causing my life’s tenuous balance to reach that tipping point—that place where I just wanted to sleep. Period. I lost my spark. Sometimes it feels like, “what’s the point?” It’s hard to motivate when you’ve lost sight of the point.

Eventually though, spark or no spark, I drag my ass out of bed and do the one thing I know will solve all my problems: persist. As Coolidge said, “The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”  In AA, we translate this to suit up and show up. The honey badger would say, “I don’t give a shit, I just take what I want.”

My life runs on inertia; laying around, feeling sad perpetuates more sadness and laying around. Conversely, getting up and getting moving leads to accomplishments and hopeful, satisfied feelings. I see this play out in the microcosm of CrossFit. Sometimes the workout calls for an inordinate amount of reps to be completed as fast as possible. It can seem impossible. But you just keep going. The reps add up and before you know it, you’re done. You’ve succeeded.

Which brings us here, to the early morning quiet of my office where I write this, guzzling coffee and procrastinating my shower. The monstrous project that has been the epicenter of my world for the last three months has been launched into a comfortable orbit and I am free to go surfing, write, and scale back to my normal 60 hour work week. It feels awesome.

When you’re in the middle of the shit it can be hard to see anything else, but have faith. If you keep on moving, eventually you’ll come out the other side—stronger, smarter, satisfied.

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  1. Michael Schneider
    March 12, 2012

    When your book comes out, I hope there’ll be an audiobook edition read by the author. On low-motivation days, I’ll put it on endless loop.

    ~MS

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  2. Aubrey
    March 12, 2012

    You are an amazing honey badger and we all get in funks…. <3 you

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  3. John W
    March 12, 2012

    Glad your making out okay. Hope things keep moving positive! Try SUP if you haven’t already, keep you on the water when its flat:) God bless!

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  4. Elle
    March 12, 2012

    Great job you Katrina. As, no doubt, you’ve heard me say more than once, any assumption, if persisted in will harden into a fact. Persistence being the operative word…just like you said. :-)

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  5. Matt
    March 13, 2012

    Honey Badger dosent give a shit, it just takes what it wants!

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  6. Siesta Key Lei
    March 21, 2012

    Coming from this lazy Fish with too much to do…a mind and body can only do so much and then it’s time to RESTORE. I forget that “Balance” isn’t the knob on my stereo. If there’s one thing I could add to that old motivation: Suit up, show up….try not to throw up!

    Love your posts; you’re a Doll. Keep ‘em coming.

    SKLei

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