Resilience is ALWAYS Key

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Ah yes, well, it's happened again.  The brief moments of romantic euphoria had come and gone within the blink of an eye and like I told myself before I dove head first into the shallow end of uncertainty, even if all I walked away with were the ...

Ah yes, well, it's happened again.  The brief moments of romantic euphoria had come and gone within the blink of an eye and like I told myself before I dove head first into the shallow end of uncertainty, even if all I walked away with were the (false) fleeting moments of what it was like to receive unconditional love then I'd be fine with that too.  After all, wouldn't I have to be?  Sometimes I think I should equip my bedroom with a flashing neon sign stretched above my bed that reads, "Always Trust Your Intuition" as a daily reminder but then again, I'm not entirely sure my far-fetched sign idea would drive it home as much as the most recent and FINAL act of deception did.  Everything "he" showed me was part of the deception.  Even the profile pictures from "his" various social media accounts were all one big joke on me.  I wasn't just catfished, I was 200 year old, 600 lb, grand-daddy of the lake catfished.  I found out the hard way about an hour or so ago via email then doubly so after the half-assed Hangouts video chat attempt which only produced picture not sound, however even that didn't matter considering it wasn't the guy I thought it was anyway.  It's customary with situations like these for the person on the receiving end (me) to feel initially crushed, betrayed and embarrassed.  But then again most people haven't experienced the five life-times worth of awkward moments and embarrassing set-ups I've managed to place myself in.  Life is short, sometimes shorter than most so I'm not about to toss one minute nor one second of my remaining time left to harbor negativity whether through tears, vengeance, or both.  Like a child who skinned their knees after falling off their bike, I give myself a mintute or two to process the event, pick myself up, dust myself off, swing my legs around the bicycle we call life then continue to pedal forward hopefully with retained knowledge of what warning signs to look for in the future so history doesn't repeat itself.  I may add another layer of security to the guarded fence that already surrounds my emotions, however, that doesn't mean I'm going to shut everything and everyone out completely and never trust again, it just means next time I'll be sure to apply an extra layer of caution and awareness towards the next challenge life throws my way.  As an extra assurance it's also wise to promptly list off all the good things life currently has going for you following any moment of heart-ache, deceit and/or self-pity.  For example; after 3 years of not having the freedom of a driver's license due to negligence on my part, I was able to apply, take the driver's test, pay the money then walk out with a brand new license to drive; I also have a decent job serving tables, meeting new patrons, establishing new relationships with the regulars all while earning my own money to boot; or simply taking into consideration there's food in your pantry so your family can eat and a roof over their heads so they can sleep.  The bottom line to this story is to never allow any of life's negative challenges keep you down and to always find a way to apply positive coping skills towards obtaining and keeping an upbeat attitude no matter how big the next catfish may be so in case their does come a next time you'll be prepared and undeterred at picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and starting all over again.

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