Ice Mom has a post today on the heart-wrenching but important topic of a figure skater who has faced humiliation and is wondering how to have the strength to return to the rink. The post is called “Ask the Ice Moms: Coming Back to the Rink after Humiliation.”
The topic really made me think. Ironically, it’s often the difficult, even tragic, events of our lives that make us stronger. There’s good reason we still hear the quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche from the 1888 Twilight of the Idols:
What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
Faith and the support of family and friends help us get through hard times more easily. And as adults, we can often look back on our lives and see the ways in which everything happened for a reason, the ways in which the most difficult of times led to the best of times.
Even popular music can help us get through hard times. I think we’re all survivors in some way, and singing along to some great survivor songs can help. Although the circumstances for the song might be quite different from our life circumstances, there’s inspiration and encouragement in Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter.”
I also like “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child:
For the guys, here’s some inspiration from Rocky and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor:
And my favorite popular (OK, 1978 sort of popular) is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuRgQlfpD0U&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL6A66678AE55327C6
Do you have a favorite popular quote or song that gives you inspiration to survive and become stronger?
Photo Credit: Survivor by Saad Alafaliq.