Yesterday, Daily Stoic’s email newsletter was about bouncing back after adversity. It featured Marcus Lattimore, an amazing American football player whose pro sports career ended after an on-field knee injury.
He could have reacted negatively, but instead, he chose to thrive. He started a foundation, and went on to mentor other athletes.
“The more I detached from the situation and gained a higher perspective, the more I realised how much I had grown up and started looking at the positives.
“Without my knee exploding on television I would’ve never fully grasped the positive impact I had on people,” Lattimore said in an interview with Daily Stoic.
What seems like the “worst thing” in the now, can actually be the “best thing” in hindsight. But that choice is ours to make.
There are many things that are out of our control, but we have control over how we perceive things, and how we react to them.
I’m learning to check my perception when faced with adversity.
At times, it may seem like there are enemies in every corner. But just like in Game of Thrones, the world is made up of people who are all living their own lives, with their own agendas and desires.
When you look at it that way, it’s easy to not take things so personally.