Day 212: Give Up Giving Up

give-up   [giv-uhp]

noun
1. something conceded or relinquished; concession: Labor has balked at any more give-ups in the contract talks.

When I think of the phrase ‘give-up’, I feel a sourness in my soul. Few things sadden me more than those who either undervalue/underestimate themselves or overvalue/overestimate their objective and feel that the only way to progress at all is to walk away. Don’t get me wrong, there are appropriate times to give up or concede defeat on something but my frustration is with the times where giving up is the easy way out.

I’m talking about those big dreamers who have their sights set on the horizon but get distracted by the bumps in the road. The lovers who decide their roots have, in the words of Louis De Bernieres, so entwined together that it is inconceivable that they should ever part. but are wrenched apart by little more than a light breeze. The aspirationals who become hopelessly rational.

There will always be tough times. There will always be issues to work out, problems to solve, tensions to manage. But give up giving up! Let hope overpower doubt and don’t concede an inch on the issues that motivate you, drive you, sustain you or make you who you are. I want to be like the Brits of wartime Europe; like the legends of this world like Nelson Mandela; like the fictional superheroes I am hopelessly drawn to. I want to stand toe to toe with my problems and not back down. I want to give up giving up.

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