Don’t Let The Shit Get To You

Recently, I started putting these inspirational quotes behind the bar when I work. They  actually help to keep me focused, and to proverbially not let the shit get to me. And believe me, we often refer to the place I work as sometimes being a complete shit show so  I know I’m on point with that.

I love my job, and and love the people I work with, and those are the only reasons why I can get through each shift now with only slightly freaking out, instead of dramatically freaking out. I know I’m dramatic, but I think I’ve learned how to control it now. Along with these little quotes and some words from my co-workers, it helps to remind me not to take life so seriously sometimes, even in the midst of the chaos that is five people working behind a bar meant for two, three people deep at the rail, and a service well that shares the main well that makes drinks for the other 268 people in the restaurant.

To say it runs like a well oiled machine would be a complete lie, but sometimes it has the ability to do just that, and I guess it’s good practice for someone like me who wants to run his own bar someday. I’m learning how to do that, and how to fit all the parts in place. One of those parts is my mental state of mind.

One of my favorite quotes that I haven’t used yet is this:

“Life is 10% what happens, and 90% how you react to it.” 
-Charles R. Swindoll.

That quote is so true, even if I don’t know who the fuck Charles R. Swindoll is, I know he said something really smart  and inspiring and perhaps that all that matters. I think after reading that one I realized that if you don’t understand and truly get that aspect of life, you’re gonna have a hard time with it. Trust me, I’ve been there and it was just last month.

Last month was tough for me. I understand now that it was a test of my faith and my will power and I know I passed, but not with flying colors, mind you.  I’d say I skirted by with a solid C- average which yes, is a gracious grade to give myself after my rebellious nature took over for thirty six hours. Maybe I’m grading on a curve. So what?  I went through some shit and I did my best to not let it get to me.

The point is, life really is how you react to it, and I can’t believe it took me this long to find that quote and live it everyday. Why didn’t I read that quote three months ago, or three years ago?  Well, maybe I wasn’t ready for it until now. It really put things in perspective for me, especially since I’m still finding out who I am up here, so I’m going to take that quote, this grain of salt, and learn to live it out. It’s what I do.

I live my life and absorb smart and witty quotes and sayings and advice I’ve read in books and talked about in conversations I’ve had with my friends and family, take the experiences I’ve lived though and my better judgement, and I piece it all together to create the script for my life.  Yeah, I guess there’s still a little Hollywood in me.

Look, I still have no idea how it’s going to end, but I guess when I’m meant to find out, it’ll happen and I know I’ll be ready for it, just like I’m ready to react differently to the other 90% of my life.

I don’t know what the future of my job or my life will be, but as a writer, the script now says there is only one way to end this blog, and that’s with a quote from the movie Rocky Balboa. Yeah, I know you probably laughed, but the Rocky movies, minus Rocky 5 are some of the best, if not THE best boxing movies ever made. Raging Bull is good one too, but as a series, nothing can touch Rocky.

Anyway, I have a this quote framed on my wall. I bought this frame for it when I first moved to Seattle, but I was having trouble getting the thing to open up so I could put the picture in the frame and it was frustrating me. I almost gave up trying to fit it in and was going to return the frame, until one night someone helped me to do it. Someone helped me to make it work. It took teamwork, and even though on Sundays I sometimes find myself missing that person the most, nevertheless the quote still inspires me because the words in that frame really hit close to home. This gets me through that day, and every other Monday through Saturday as well, even when I’m at work “in” the well.  So thanks for that.


“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

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