It’s been a year without parties, or at least the kind of carefree dance floor experiences we were used to prior to COVID-19.
If I have to be honest with you, reaching the one-year mark hasn’t done wonders for my mental health. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. I have been feeling lost, without a purpose, and without direction.
For two weeks I let the dark thoughts of my mind take control, and I allowed them to steer me away from my work and from what had to be done. I let it get the best of me.
At some point, I snapped and had to remind myself that setbacks happen in life, and that they’re part of growth. The simple truth is that we cannot grow as a person if we never face problems and obstacles.
“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” – Michael Phelps
If the most decorated Olympian of all time tells you that everything is possible, then perhaps everything truly is possible, even a return to proper parties despite this pandemic.
By the time he retired at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michael Phelps was thirty-one years old and had won a total of 23 gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes, a record-breaking collection that is not likely to be surpassed any time soon.
Phelps was undoubtedly gifted, but also extremely motivated as he would himself describe: “I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.’ I don’t want to look back and say I should have done this or that.”
But what is talent and motivation without hard work? And how can you put in that hard work, day in and day out, if your mind is constantly getting in the way, giving you a hundred and one reasons why things cannot be achieved?
As any prospective Olympic swimmer will tell you, to achieve anything worthwhile your mind has to be fully in it. It is either your ally towards that success, or it is your enemy. There is no in-between.
The good news is that only one person has full and ultimate control over your mind, and that person is you. It may sound cliché, but Phelps has also told us that “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
I also had to remind myself that if we, as humans, put our minds to something, work hard, remain patient and do the work, we can accomplish anything we want, or at least come out the other end having learned a thing or two about ourselves and the task at hand. These lessons will ultimately prove useful in the months and years to come.
If you’ve found yourself feeling a bit lost in the last 12 months you’re not alone. Nothing truly prepared us for what we are living through right now, but what is this then if not a big life lesson and experience from which we can grow?
Each and every single problem and obstacle is nothing but an opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and come out of it better than we were before.
Your mind controls everything, and you control your mind. Allow your mind to dream, and let those dreams be the push you need to accomplish what you can in life.
Remember: your mind is either your biggest ally and asset or your biggest enemy. It’s on you to see this and it’s on you to put in the time and work to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
You got this, WE as the House + Techno community got this!