Life is a Beautiful Ride

“Life ain’t always beautiful, but is a beautiful ride” (Lyrics: Live Ain’t Always Beautiful). Those are powerful lyrics about life and the pursuit of inspiration / happiness.

“It’s not going to be easy, but it is worth it allows you to think about giving up vs. making a change in your life. Giving up is initially the easier road, but by flying away (Fight vs. Flight) from your problems will not solve the adversity in life.

You are given a beautiful ‘ride’ on this earth and it is important to make the best of it, because tomorrow is not guaranteed (cliche, but true). I believe running from problems / adversity causes more anxiety then facing the challenges / struggles at that moment (if you have a clear mind away from substances).

Do you attempt to solve problems with the ‘fight vs. flight’ approach? What solutions to your problems are derived from this approach?  Are you under the influence when trying to find solutions to problems and how does that work for you? I used to take this stance when I was an active alcoholic (I’m still an alcoholic, just an alcoholic in recovery).  I would first fight (not literally), but figuratively, by arguing, making false threats (nonviolent) and walking away from loved ones / friends.  I would either be drinking / drunk when arguing or on my way to being drunk, leading me down the pathway of flying away from all the adversity in my life.  The problem that existed in that way of life is that all of those problems and adversity existed the next morning.  The adversity and problems I faced the night before would actually become worse because of my actions during my drunken bender.  

Changing your actions and perceptions of yourself, others and not playing the ‘blame’ game is critical.  Thoughts such as “I wouldn’t be drinking this much if he or she would stop harping on me”, “I deserve to cut loose”, “I am not doing anything wrong other than having a couple drinks”, “No one should be able to control me”, etc.  This approach to adversity, problems, addiction, mental disorders will only take you deeper in the depths of ‘hell’.  You need to start with yourself, evaluate what you are doing, your perception of matters and then evaluate your environment.  Placing blame on others when you haven’t done anything to change your actions / behaviors will make matters worse, since you do not have any control over others, but you have control over yourself.

 “The struggles make you stronger and the changes make you wise” (Live Ain’t Always Beautiful – By: Gary Allan).

Do you blame others for your actions? What can you do today to take control of your life?

Live Ain’t Always Beautiful – Gary Allan

LYRICS:

Life ain’t always beautiful
Sometimes it’s just plain hard
Life can knock you down
It can break your heart
Life ain’t always beautiful
You think, you’re on your way
And it’s just a dead end road
At the end of the day
But the struggles make you stronger
And the changes make you wise
And happiness has its own way
Of takin’ its sweet time
No, life ain’t always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride
Life ain’t always beautiful
Some days I miss your smile
I get tired of walkin’
All these lonely miles
And I wish for just one minute
I could see your pretty face
Guess, I can dream
But life dont work that way
But the struggles make me stronger
And the changes make me wise
And happiness has its own way
Of takin’ its sweet time
No, life ain’t always beautiful
But I know, I’ll be fine
Hey, life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride
What a beautiful ride

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