Hell Week

I don’t know any other way to describe this past week, other than it has been a week from hell.

First I screwed my knee up…

Then there was the funeral for a friend who was strangled to death by a police officer…

Then my little sister was hospitalized TWICE with what doctors believed was a life threatening blood clot in her lungs…

And to top it all off…a long time friend and former teammate of mine has been missing in the Atlantic Ocean for 5 days and the Coast Guard recently called off the search.

Whew…

Pause.

Adversity X 1000.

So how do you deal with adversity when it punches you in the mouth?

I think I will probably know my own answer to that question later on this week…but in the meantime I wanted to put a few of my thoughts about how to deal with and overcome life’s various challenges/adversities onto paper…

Let’s face it, we’ve all had to face adversity at some point in our lives…and I’m not trying to sit here and complain or look for any sympathy for my situation because millions of people out there have it a thousand times worse than I do…but going through adversity sucks.

If you’re not familiar with adversity, and aren’t quite sure what it means…consider yourself lucky. It’s not fun at all.

Here’s the technical definition: Ad•ver•si•ty, noun [ad-vur-si-tee] – a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty, misfortune, calamity or distress. Synonyms include: catastrophe, disaster; trouble, and misery.

It’s basically just a time of intense pain, struggle, hardship, and heartbreak…and it typically involves difficult circumstances that just “aren’t fair” and just plain suck.

When adversity hits, it hits hard. It beats you up mentally, physically, and emotionally…it can cause you to just shut down, withdraw, feel sorry for yourself, and sink into a deep depression.

The weird thing I’ve noticed about adversity is that we all usually feel as if our particular situation is worse than anyone else’s.

We all get that “why me” or that “life just isn’t fair” feeling.

If you’ve ever gone through really tough times you’ll know exactly the feeling I’m talking about. It sucks, and it literally makes you feel ill.

Adversity doesn’t care who you are or what you do – it visits us all from time to time – and it attacks us in many different ways.

It can come disguised as financial trouble, relationship problems, illness, personal attacks, and/or work issues just to name a few. We will all face it at some point. The question is how we will respond to it.

Will we respond with strength? Or will we respond with weakness?

In difficult times it’s easy to crack and start pointing the finger – you know…blaming yourself, blaming God, blaming anything you can think of…being mad at the world…feeling sorry for yourself…

Sometimes life just throws BS at you but you just have to fight through it and look for reasons to stay positive.

There will be many battles in life that will test your mental toughness, your faith, and your resolve. I believe we are all capable of overcoming most of the various adversities life throws at us, we just have to be equipped to deal with them when they come our way.

We must mentally prepare for them…almost the same way an athlete prepares for the Olympics – and then use our new found mental strength to fight through the tough times.

I don’t know what tough times you may be going through right now, or what adversity you may face in the future…but whatever it is, never stop fighting, never quit. Always try to stay strong, remain positive, and never let your faith die.

I’m going to wrap this up with a quote that helped me keep things in perspective this week: “We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.”  ~Author Unknown

I apologize if this post made little to no sense…it’s 2am, I haven’t slept in days, and my brain is literally fried. Its really been a rough week. If you made it this far though…thanks for listening. If you’re going through a personal battle, keep fighting.

Stay strong. I’m out.

Jamin Thompson
Jamin Thompson has been called "the most handsome fitness model in the world" and "a brilliant actor & writer", both by his mom. He's a former Clemson & UMiami athlete and World Ranked tennis player who writes to help others dominate in the gym, on the field, and in life using his real world, in the trenches experience. His book, The 6 Pack Secret, has been sold in over 50 countries and has helped thousands of folks from all walks of life get cut and jacked the healthy way.
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6 Responses to Hell Week

  1. iBhanu21 June 28, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Jamin, this post made sense. You don’t have to worry about that. I am
    really sorry to hear about the recent adversity you are currently going
    through. I hope your sister is recovering well. Please do keep us
    updated via your social sites (only if you have time to). But, your post
    is really inspiring. I am actually in a bit of “awe” as you took
    something that is negative and really did turn it into a positive. We
    all go through adversity, as you said, but it is how you face it that
    shows character. I have a lot to learn from you :-). Take care, Jamin.
    Stay strong and positive just like you are right now.
    – A fan.

    • Jamin Thompson July 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks, I appreciate the kind words bro. I think there is always something positive to be gained regardless of the adversity…sometimes life can be tough but it only builds character.

      PS – the sister is recovering well and should hopefully make a full recovery :)

  2. Cuty Sanchez June 28, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Jamin my friend, I salute you from Mexico and wish you all the best. Stay strong and stay thankful for everything, even for adversity, because it makes us improve more than anything else. Hope it all gets better. 

    • Jamin Thompson July 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

       Thanks for the salute and the well wishes (I salute you back)! I appreciate your comments & thoughts

  3. monica June 28, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    I too really appreciated this post. Loved the reminders: “never stop fighting, never quit,” “you just have to fight through it and look for reasons to stay positive.” As someone whose sister has been facing some ridiculous health scares these past couple weeks as well, I empathize with your situation. Keep fighting the good fight and thanks for the encouragement!

    • Jamin Thompson July 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

       I’m glad you liked the post Monica! Thanks for the kind words :-)

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