Tales of the tough.. 

When the road gets tough, the tough get going. Or not. Sometimes the tough get hungry and they lose their direction. Sometimes,their shoes get bad, and the sand gets too hot to tackle barefoot. Sometimes, the tough get tired. Sometimes, when the road gets tough, the tough stop. They sit, they get depressed, they cry.  

Sometimes the tough look around and all they see is darkness, all they hear is silence,all they feel is fear. But, here’s the beautiful thing about the tough, they know, like Ernest Hemingway said “man is not made for defeat. He can be destroyed, yes. But not defeated “. This is the creed the tough live by. 

So, yes, you are entitled to feeling pain, to getting tired, feeling confused, to failing even. But you are not entitled to staying there. It’s not your calling. Here’s another wonderful thing, there’s always light. For as long as you have your sight, as long as your heart keeps beating, you have light. The light is your eyes, the light is your heart, the light is you. 

Life won’t throw lemons at you, she’s not a farmer, she’s the farm. Life will throw bucket loads of shitty stuff. Unexpectedly. You flush it down the toilet, or dig the ground and bury it and plant on it. Natural fertilizer, courtsey, life. And then you move on. You plug in your headphones, you write, you cook, you do whatever makes you happy.  And you move on, you live. That’s all you need to sign up for the tough club. That’s all it takes to be tough. Continuity, perseverance, persistence. Have that, you have all. 

Being tough doesn’t mean you win all the time. It means you lose a lot and never give up. Like Thomas Edison, who failed about 10,000 times and created the light bulb the 10,001 time( I don’t know how to write that in words ).It means life knocks you down, and breaks your bones and you see it as a training session. It means you take another step, everyday despite the pain. That’s tough. The ability to never give in, to the weights that threaten to drown you. That’s tough. 

So be like the tough. The only thing that separates the tough from the weak is perception. Where the weak sees stormy seas to drown them, the tough sees waves to ride. The road gets tough either way, whether you are tough or not. So try, try like the tough. Every waking moment, is another opportunity. Sit, contemplate, cry, but don’t sit too long. Don’t let the sun go down with you still sitting. 

And the tale of the tough continues thus: they grab a bite to eat, mend their shoes, retrace their steps. They wipe their eyes, dust themselves off, smile and keep walking. They know that the open wounds on their skin are entrances for light,for healing. The tough get going. The tough moves, faster, with stealth and great courage. The tough becomes tougher. The tough out-toughs the road. The tough becomes the road. 

Photo credit : google. 

Special shout out to Mercy Obosi. Everyone one needs a someone like you. Thank you so much.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Really awesome piece!! Keep it up!!

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    1. _Peacie says:

      Thank you so much!

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  2. Nehl con says:

    Nice piece Peace
    peace

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    1. _Peacie says:

      No pun intended. Thank you

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  3. agnuswalters says:

    Having read the first line in a million places before, I didn’t think there was going to be anything new that one can spin out of it but then, there was the second line and immediately I was relieved to read the ugly truth that you mentioned and I’m part of that ugliness. I was so tired of reading that everything works out for the tough and they never fail and blah blah blah. I’m glad I came across something that is so pragmatic and real! Gave me way more hope than any other article I’ve ever read on “being motivated”

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    1. _Peacie says:

      Thank you so much. I jumped round my room… Just so you know. We are all part of the ugliness, only we try to fake effortlessness and that is irritating

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      1. agnuswalters says:

        Oh wait! I’d like to join in on the jumping!

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      2. _Peacie says:

        Welcome to the club!! Just jumps Inc!

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      3. agnuswalters says:

        Let’s sell trampolines by the name “Jumper price”

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      4. _Peacie says:

        Ahhhhhh, business savvy too! I like you

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      5. agnuswalters says:

        Only by name 😂

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  4. Avie says:

    To be honest, I’m really glad you wrote this. It’s so real- no sugarcoating the truth and that’s why I love this so much. Just what I needed.

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    1. _Peacie says:

      Thank you so much. I feel really happy right now. Thanks for reading it too.

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      1. Avie says:

        Keep writing!! ☺️

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  5. UnmaskedMe says:

    Hi.
    The first thing that struck me when I visited your blog was how beautiful it is. It is so colourful and visually appealing and aesthetic, I love it. Your writing is equally beautiful. Well done.
    Best wishes. 🙂

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    1. _Peacie says:

      Thank you, thank you so much.

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      1. UnmaskedMe says:

        You’re welcome ❤

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  6. MissPeppypen says:

    This is just so wow!!!! 😍😍

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    1. _Peacie says:

      Thank you so much 😄😄😄😄!!!!!!!!=

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