The “C” Word

(From someone who moved on)

It seems that one can’t get away from it, nowadays.

The ‘C’ word. Crisis.

Crisis, crisis, crisis.

At least that’s my experience here in Continental Europe (don’t know what it’s like in the UK).

I left England a little over 3 years ago, largely to escape my own personal crisis (or crises, the plural form which while probably the more correct way to describe things, is less heard). My life was going nowhere in Britain, and I decided to start anew, to ‘launch out’ in search of adventure and a new life.
Adventure I’ve had in spades! (Mostly enjoyable and interesting adventures, but also some challenges and obstacles-which are obviously part of life).

After travelling and doing some work outside Europe (which is another story…),I ended up moving to Spain. It started off great, but over the 2-and-a-bit years that I was there; that ‘C’ word could be heard more and more.
Everyday, everywhere,’La Crisis’ was the main subject of conversation.
Unemployment, people being evicted, banks going bust (and getting bailed out!), endless protest marches and strikes etc.,etc.,etc.

As I said before,’ crises’ (the plural) would be more accurate than the singular ‘crisis’. It seemed to me, however, that the real crisis wasn’t necessarily financial or economic, or about employment, politics or whatever, but was (and is) largely PSYCHOLOGICAL.

The real crisis/crises, it seems, exist in our manner of viewing the world, in our mentality and beliefs. Take Spain, for instance (please take it, I don’t want it! ha ha). People there are depressed, pessimistic, negative, self-pitying, despairing – DEFEATED.

That always has-and always will be-the real danger facing humanity-that we just give up, accept death.

Life is puzzling at times (in my case, many times), but we really do have to recognise that it’s precious, a gift if you like. Every day could be our last, Carpe Diem and all that.

A wise person (not me, then…) said that clichés are clichés for a reason.
There’s a reason people still repeat them over centuries. They’ve got value, they’re true.

We’re becoming very ignorant, blinkered-useless maybe. The whole of human history and prehistory, and in fact the very evolution of the Universe and life has represented a form of constant crisis. Everything always has been on the brink. Life and death are less than a hair’s breadth away. Always.
In every moment.

One can see that as terrible, and reason to worry, panic, try to fight against nature-or one can realise this makes life all the more amazing, incredible-something we need to cherish and make the most of.

This has been (and continues to be) my greatest lesson in getting off the heroin, getting out of the cycle of crime and violence, leaving the country, learning a new language and starting a new life.

Whilst there, hating the world, feeling sorry for myself and contemplating suicide, nothing got better-only worse. I took a big leap and decided to ‘go for it’. I found work, I found a home, I even found a bit of romance (Latin style!)

I’ve experienced more things, learnt more and grown more in the last 3 years than I could have imagined.

That’s got to be worth something.

When I realised Spain was a sinking ship, like any good rat, I deserted it.
I’m now in France, rapidly learning another language (something which opens up a whole new ‘world’, or way of seeing the same ‘old’ world).
I’m currently in a hostel and doing voluntary work, but I’m getting back into my love of dog training (which I was doing professionally in Spain, training security dogs), and hopefully should be in business before too long.
Thankfully, security is one market, which thrives on problems! ha ha
Which in itself just goes to show that there are positives,’ angles’ and opportunities to every problem or situation.

Some people look for problems, some people look for solutions.
I’m sick of being a miserable bastard, and solutions seem like much more fun to me…

I’ve got a friend who’s well into survivalism, and he’s always saying that ‘You have to be an active participant in your own rescue’.
We can’t just sit there and hope for miracles, although they can happen when we least expect it (‘God’ helps those that help themselves?)

Winston Churchill said,’ If you’re going through hell, keep going’.
And he didn’t do too badly for himself.
‘We will NEVER surrender’.
That attitude is what made a little island stand up to overwhelming odds, and ultimately prevail (which is why I’m not typing this in German! ha ha).

Life in all its forms is a constant crisis.
It can ALWAYS go one-way or the other.
We can succeed, we can fail.
There are no guarantees (except death and taxes!).

What’s certain is that no one wins if they don’t try.
That’s the beauty (and the horror!) Of the struggle for existence.

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty(Winston again).

Finally, two points about the very word,’ Crisis’ (the ‘C’ word!). It’s of Greek origin, and it means a pivotal moment or period in the DEVELOPMENT of something-it essentially means ‘the moment of truth’, the ‘make or break’ moment when everything either stands or falls.

There’s no growth without crises, there’s no ‘gain’ without ‘pain’.
(Remember, clichés are clichés for a reason…LOL).

The Chinese word for ‘Crisis’ means danger.
But it also means opportunity.

You don’t get one without the other.
Who Dares Wins (that’s enough clichés for one day!).

Good luck in all the collective, and personal, crises that life brings! ha ha ha : )

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