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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Never Give Up

Fortune may favour the brave but that's hard to remember when life is kicking you in the nuts.  Here's twenty-one  relentlessly optimistic reasons to remember that when you're at rock bottom, the only way is up.

  • In her youth, J.K. Rowling was a Bay City Rollers' fan, proving that early bad taste is no barrier to subsequent success.
  • Stephenie Meyer is a bestseller, proving that subsequent bad taste is no barrier to early success.
  • It only took one cow to burn Chicago down.
  • John Howard became Prime Minister.
  • The greatest love songs are inspired by the worst heartbreak.
  • Pauline Hanson's parents didn't drown her at birth.
  • When baby Jessica McLure fell down a 22ft well, it took rescue workers fifty-eight hours to free her.  If they didn't give up, why should you?
  • Despite the common knowledge that they go swimmingly with mint sauce and roast vegetables, spring lambs continue to gambol and frolic like there's no tomorrow.
  • Elton John once married a woman.  Now there's optimism with a capital O.
  • Male black widow spiders know they're going to be eaten (and not in a good way) straight after doing the wild thing.  Still, they do it.
  • Beethoven was completely deaf. 
  • Van Gogh was bat shit crazy. 
  • Salman Rushdie started out as a copywriter and he's still around to talk about it. (That counts as two.)
  • The Ayatollah bit it first.
  • Rainbows.
  • Before he became a household name, Jesus was a carpenter, as was Harrison Ford, although the latter wasn't formally qualified.  Now that I think about it, it's highly unlikely that Jesus' apprenticeship papers were ever checked.
  • Dave Allen died in his sleep, proving once and for all that God has a sense of humour.
  • Salmon swim incredible distances upstream, inviting death by hungry bear just to spawn.  I mean, not even to have sex, but just to spawn.
  • Lightning misses most of the time (although one American was hit seven times.  Having survived them all, he shot himself.  Try to pull some optimism out of that.)
  • Sometimes glasses bounce.
  • Madonna was once so poor she had to pose nude for money.  It must have grown on her because when she was rich she kept doing it.
  • Tom Cruise became a movie star despite being dyslexic.
  • Nicole Kidman became a movie star despite being Nicole Kidman.
  • Dan Brown calls himself a writer and hasn't been sued for libel yet.
  • Innumeracy is no barrier to being a writer.
  • Keith Richards is still breathing.  If that isn't testament to optimism, I don't know what is.
© 2012 Susan Bennett
Yazz - The Only Way Is Up


  1. This is a fantastic list :) Educational *and* entertaining! :)

    Why don't you have an email subscription link?? :)

    1. Maybe because I'm a techno-idiot. Hard to believe I used to work in technical support. For you, Liz, I shall.... eh, Liz! You've led me astray!!! I see very clearly a little thing at the right hand bottom of this box that says "Subscribe by email." Oh, Liz, how could you do it?

  2. Well that thing at the corner of this box is to subscribe to comments on this post specifically, which I have subscribed to. I believe the box up there is to subscribe to email, which I either totally missed earlier, or you just added it. I'm guessing I missed it. But I have subscribed now! Now your wonderful posts will come right to my email and I shall be counted among the lucky :)

    1. No, you caught me, Liz. I just added it. Thanks for pointing it out.

    2. lol don't worry, you can delete my reply and no one will be the wiser :)


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