My husband and I were married as teenagers. I got so sick of people saying "It'll never last", "I give it 6 months", etc. . . Well, here we are on the verge of our 40th wedding anniversary.
It hasn't always been easy, but we were determined not to give up. As a matter of fact, I think, in the early years, there were times we kept working on it because we weren't going to give "them" the satisfaction of giving up.
Of course that attitude has long since given way to a deep love and respect between us. My life has been defined by that kind of tenacity. What I put my mind and heart to, I usually accomplish. That doesn't mean I've been successful all the time. It does mean, when I fail, I keep moving forward.
I heard a speech given by a marine officer, years ago. I believe he was also a POW. The one thing I took away from his experience was; FIDO. . .forget it and drive on. No matter what life throws at you, keep moving ahead.
There are times in every life when parking is necessary. Just don't let your tires go flat. Start up the engine every so often and venture out. When the roads clears, pick a destination and drive on.
Life is not; a success only journey. It is; always a school room. If we learn from our experiences, relationships, triumphs and tragedies, all these things add richness to our personalities and lives. When you break it down, how we react to our lives make us who we are.
Fantasizing the freedom to make mistakes, have success and grow in grace along the way.