Spunk

Where does that innate rebellious fire inside the downtrodden and lowly come from?

 

Is it in the water? Is it born? Or do hard circumstances build the spirit within?

And if it is hardship that creates spunk and resilience and creativity, why do some people buckle under struggle, while others thrive?

If I had to guess, I would say the fire within is already there, and needs a spark of something we experience that lights us up and wakes us to new possibilities.

Maybe a parent gets sick or a friend dies in a random accident, which shows us how fragile life is.

Maybe someone that looks a lot like us shows us what life can be with a little effort and thinking differently.

Maybe a teacher believes in us.

Maybe someone shows us how NOT to live.

Or maybe we find out the hard way, through injury, failure, ruin and the like.


Whatever the case: There is a fire that burns inside each of us. A fire made of creativity and ideas and originality and heart. All it takes is a match to let it loose. Feed it right and nothing can stop you. You’ll blaze with energy and capacity. And in so doing, become an example for the next kid, looking for something different from life.


STAY BOLD,

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner