IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY: HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE LOWS OF LIFE

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“The struggle is real, but you will get through it.”


For me, I grew up in a poor household with my two sisters where I was raised by my mother. And that was my adversity, but someone else’s adversity could be something different. No matter the adversity, we all have the ability to overcome any low point in our lives. For me, writing has been that thing that has pulled me through mentality. I have tried therapy, which came at a monetary expense that I can not deal with any longer. Then I went back to my writing, and the days where I was at my lowest mentally, I would push whatever I was feeling out onto my Microsoft Word Doc. And sometimes, when I was finished writing, I could see that at that moment I was in a very dark place. A place that from time to time creeps up on me, but now I have something to combat the situation.

Now, let me ask you, how do you overcome adversity? Or better yet, what are some ways that you can overcome your current situation. You might say to yourself, this is not a current situation, more so a past situation that I never got over. But as long as you’re going through it still, it’s current. As long is there has not been a successful step in dealing with your issues, then you are currently dealing. And all of what I have said in this paragraph has to do with the mental issues of life. Some days you’re off balance, other days you’re right where you need to be. Your mental state can sway from moment to moment. And if you have found a way like I have to deal, then fine, otherwise this topic is for you. The anxiety, the depression, the anguish, the guilt; everything that is the mind that is working against you.

Yet, everything is not tied into the mind. Sometimes your mind is healthy, but somewhere else in your life is low, and need to be brought up. Like I said earlier, I grew up poor, which is a socioeconomic situation so many deal with in America. But how have you overcome this economic issue? And if not as of yet, what are you currently doing to move yourself into another space? I know for me, I came from poverty, (didn’t seem like it, but we were) and could get a job just as my sisters today. But as much as I don’t want poverty for myself, I want a career I love which is what I am giving you in this moment: my writing. So what is your career pursuit that will aid you in your adversity removal? Do you know where to start? Have you started and having a hard time finding your way? If you have found your way, how did you get there?

See, in the end, we all have some pitfall in life. Something we are currently dealing with or something in the past that has caused our lives to hit a stand still. As with the photo of the man at the top of the screen pushing the boulder. We have some form of internal struggle that feels as if we are pushing a boulder uphill. When really, the boulder is well within our control. And a lot of times it requires us to get out of our own way, not removing the boulder. Because it is the us inside of us that need to be dealt with, not he illusion of a fixed object in our path.


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SUPER TEAM: WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT TODAY’S GENERATION

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“How come we are afraid to lose?”

NBA super teams have become the norm in today’s society. And to be perfectly honest, it makes the NBA kind of boring. You don’t see it as much in the MLB, NFL, or the NHL. Super teams sound exciting, but when the same teams are in the finals consistently it waters down the sport. Don’t get me wrong, I witnessed the NBA run of the Chicago Bulls coming through the 1990’s with their 6 rings in 10 years. But, and there is a but, the Chicago Bulls had a superstar in Michael Jordan, the next best in Scottie Pippen, and amazing roll players who became stars themselves: Kerr, Rodman, Longley, Kukoc, Horace, Armstrong, and Paxton.

Some of the names I called off were, at their height, some of the best in the NBA in addition to being roll players. This is why Chicago was so much fun to watch. It’s kind of like the New England Patriots. Even though I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, the idea of 52 players on a roster, where we only know the names of a few, but they come together as a team to win Super Bowls is great football. It’s something so pure about a group of guys who win without that extra edge. Super Teams on the other hand are like using legal steroids.

The move of Kevin Durant to the Warriors really showed how boring the NBA has gotten. But is there more to this than sports? What does this say about our new millennial generation? Michael Jordan came out and stated he wanted to beat the best, not be on their teams. But when players today feel themselves losing, they run to the dynasty team. It says we as a generation can’t deal with the losing and must run from the challenge. In the millennial generation, today everyone gets a trophy, so you’re taught you’re great before you prove your greatness.

But then when you have to continue to lose, it really hurts and we tend to not be able to deal with the adversity. Look at Michael Jordan, he played for seven years before getting his first ring. He now is considered the greatest NBA player in history. He’s also a cultural icon for his game play and his apparel. He learned to consistently win because he took so many loses. That adversity makes you great. Tom Brady also was a last round NFL draft pick, sat on the bench behind Drew Bledsoe, and now is arguably one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history.

Will the super team mentality come back to haunt us? Will there come a time when Kevin Durant is alone and have to do it without his guys around? How will he feel once he realizes he’s going to lose here as well? But most of all, his former teammate Russell Westbrook has a chip on his shoulder because of his former teammate leaving. This may bring out greatness in Russell. But remember, there are a lot of other players who now want to knock the Warriors off their throne as well as the Cavaliers in the NBA.

In the end, how will this pan out moving forward? Will the super team method fizzle out? Or will people become bored and the NBA forced to make some adjustments? Because the Yankees tried to reach out over the years and build their super teams, but MLB players killed that plan. It’s what makes baseball exciting to see the Cubs and Indians play today. We have not seen the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in the recent years in the World Series. Your super team building creates a beast. And that beast will eventually come for you.

Kevin Hart Effect

Aversion, what is the meaning of aversion. The meaning is a strong feeling of dislike. Well what does this have to do with the title, “Kevin Hart Effect.” If you’ve been hearing lately, a lot of people have come at Kevin Hart with such an aversion. Now, for those of you sleeping under a rock for the past few years, Kevin Hart is a very successful comedian. His career has took him from small comedy clubs to motion pictures and full on comedy tours selling out soccer stadiums. Great job for a young man coming from Philly’s roughest inner city neighborhoods. Yet now that he has come into his success I’ve noticed the hate. And when I say hate, I don’t mean haters, I mean pure hate. You would think him and people who attack him had some type of personal relationship together.

You ask yourselves, why would anyone have hatred toward someone who built their life from poverty to prosperity. Especially if your life is going so well. Generally, these are people who lives are not going well, or in the direction they would like. In the words of Sir Charles Barkley, some people need to blame others because their lives suck. Don’t get me wrong, having an opinion by stating you’re not a fan of someone’s work is not hate to me. But their comes a point where it’s very obvious it goes further than just an opinion. Recently, another comedian has gotten a taste of the Kevin Effect; Leslie Jones. She was ripped to shreds because a Hollywood studio chose to remake a film that people were against.

I just don’t understand where were these people when you’re struggling. How come no one pays attention to you when you’re at the bottom? My guess is that want to see you one way, usually below them. Once you rise, especially above them, then it becomes a conspiracy as to how you made yourself a success. My earliest memory of Kevin Hart was not in a comedy club, but 14 years ago when he played in a movie called, “Paper Soldiers.” Since then he has starred in television shows, comedy standup specials, and a number of films. Yet, I never heard of people’s comments then. It’s odd to me how people become comfortable with you being in place in life, but progress is some sort of penalty. And the sad thing about it, there is no real rational reason.

If you sit someone down and have a conversation with people regarding Kevin Hart, or anyone else who has taken his path you can’t get a straight answer as to their hate for these comedians. It’s interesting that these individuals receiving such disdain are comedians, but it stretches further than that. You hear the dislike for Lebron James, Stephen Curry, and Tom Brady, who by the way was drafted in nearly the last round of the NFL when he came into sports. There’s something about people who start at the bottom, rise, and then the group that wants to see the rapid decline. Which brings me back to how you see yourself. If you see yourself in a positive light, then how do you find the time to go after anyone else. This is for people too much time on their hands because they spend their entire lives just existing. Whatever the case may be, who will be next to deal with the Kevin Hart Effect.