When I was little, I remember we used to play this game called “Say Uncle”.
You and another person would play fight and when one person would get the other in a painful state of submission, the person being dominated would have to “Say Uncle” when they couldn’t take the pain anymore.
I remember always thinking how strange it was that, as children, we would play a game that starts off with just playing around, knowing that it would end in pain and with someone ultimately having to give up.
That’s how I feel about life sometimes.
You walk around laughing, smiling, and optimistic until something holds you into submission and makes you cry out “Uncle”.
A twist of an arm, the pinch of a leg, the bend of a finger.
All things the person does until you either give up or they get tired.
The question then arises…are you the person that does whatever it takes to end the pain or wait it out, knowing the pain will eventually end?
You see, here’s the thing about the game: 9 times out of 10, if you’re playing Say Uncle, it was by choice; it’s with someone you trust, it’s with someone who won’t actually break your bones or rip your skin.
If you’re genuinely fearing for your safety at that time, you’re not playing a game, you’re being attacked.
But life…life is not out to get you. Life is not an attacker.
God did not give us life so that we have to walk around bruised and broken, calling it “playtime”.
Yes, we all have hard moments. Moments that hurt like hell, but just know that you can tap out and “Say Uncle” or you can stand your ground, knowing that you have a choice to still be here, and fight back.
In the end, you’ll feel better being able to say that you didn’t tap out. That life didn’t defeat you.
Life is not your attacker. It is not against you.
I remember when I first started having seizures last September and was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was constantly in and out of the hospital and I was miserable. I couldn’t work, I couldn’t drive, I could hardly eat, and my hair was falling out.
I wanted to give up so badly but I stayed in the fight.
And so should you.
Whether it’s your health, your dreams/ goals, your relationship, or anything else that’s kicking your butt right now, stay in the fight.
It’s not to say that what you’re doing at this moment is the right thing, but don’t just give up on yourself. (Of course you should walk away from any unhealthy situation.)
You may have to adjust your arm a little or twist your ankle into a different position to make it hurt less, but by no means do you ever let yourself go.
Do what you need to protect yourself, but never walk away from YOU.
Life doesn’t have to make you “Say Uncle”.
Stay blessed, souls.