“The itsy-bitsy spider, Climbed up the water spout, Down came the rain, And washed the spider out, Out came the sun, And dried up all the rain, And the itsy-bitsy spider, Climbed up the spout again” Traditional
Here is the thing, you can never win the game if you quit. Life is something that is very odd, where chance and circumstance trump talent and ability.
I remember when I first seriously started writing poetry. Both my parents died the year I started writing in earnest. I had a lot of emotions and feelings inside of me. I capitalized on my situation and began to write a lot of poetry. I’m talking about hundreds of pieces in that year alone. With all this work I started the arduous task of getting published.
At that point, I had only gotten one poem published and that was years before. Still there I was sending out envelope after envelope submitting my poetry. And as sure as the turning of the clock, back came my envelopes with rejection after rejection. It would have helped if I had researched the magazines deeply to see what poetry they liked. Still, despite all that failure, I continued both to write and submit. Presently I have been published in over a hundred outlets and have about seven poetry books out. If I quit none of this would have happened.
In the world of the mentally ill, it is easy to surrender. After all, life is a hard deal even without any kind of handicap, and mental illness is a severe handicap. I have seen so many of my peers surrender into the easy life. Where they collect their disability checks, live in a group home and smoke cigarettes all the day long. I could have chosen this road if I had desired. Instead, I had a longing to live as full a life as I possibly could.
I tried to return to college but I had a very bad experience which resulted in a hospitalization. I made a second attempt and failed the summer course I was taking. I was failing the course with the final paper due the next day. I wasn’t alone in failing the course, the entire class with the exception of one person was failing. The teacher was some adjunct and she was terrible. As fate had it I was nearly done with my final paper when the power failed. I lost all ten pages of my paper late in the night. I never returned to that school but instead enrolled in county college. From there I went on to graduate from a four-year college with a degree in math.
I do not think that I had more ability than my peers. Nor do I think that my illness was any more or less severe than my peers. I think the only difference was that I tried and when I failed I persevered.
We as people on planet Earth are too on a journey. The quality of life ebbs and flows with the changing of governments and situations. Mankind has known times of all-out war and more peaceful times. Civilizations have risen to great heights, all of which to eventually collapse. While being one among eight billion seems to trivialize what we do, do not fall into that trap. The best method of changing the world is to be the example. That is if in the microcosm of your own life, you can create something wonderful, then your behavior will be emulated.
The question is where as a people do we want to go? In my personal life, I had real tangible goals. I wanted to return to college and graduate. I wanted to get a job and once that was achieved to get a job that would support my economic needs. I wanted to become a minister. With hard work and perseverance I did those things. One accomplished I picked up new dreams, one of which is to become a professional, successful and influential writer.
With knowing where we want to go we know the way to walk. So on the list, is eliminating, war, hunger, poverty, and homelessness. We need to respect nature and not destroy our environment. In other to achieve these things there are tangible steps. The restoration of indigenous rights and resources is top on the list. Not only is the elimination of capitalism necessary but also the elimination of money itself. We need to form a world government where there are various overlapping jurisdictions of power. All to be done in a non-violent, pacifistic method.
Don’t quit. It’s okay to take a break to regroup but never surrender. If you do you are robbing the world of the beauty and worth that you are.
Please check out my poetry book “Polishing The Fragments.” What do you do when God smashes your life? You polish the fragments. This book of poetry is a book that takes an intimate look at my life and explores my struggles, failures, and accomplishments. It focuses on my mental illness and my wife’s dementia. It is a uniquely written book mature in poetic techniques.https://www.amazon.com/Polishing-Fragments-John-Kaniecki/dp/1947381032/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8