Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” What are your life examples of this?

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I rode my bike across the US. Most of it solo. In the middle of Missouri, I just … had enough. I stopped on some guys lawn and just cried. He came out and asked me what was up and I explained how far I’d come (started in San Fransisco) and that I was just done. He told me to ride into town (I think Springfield?) which was only 10 miles away and take a few days off and rest. Which is what I did, because hey, one more day wouldn’t matter, and the worst that would happen is that I’d pack it in and go home. Well, a day of rest seemed to be exactly what I needed. I spent a whole day (or most of it, anyway) in blessed air conditioning, ate all the food, drank all the water, and was more or less ready to go again. I took a few more one-day breaks between Missouri and Williamsburg, VA which really helped me out. So yeah, one step back, two steps forward.

BitPoet

Exercise. A couple months ago I was crawling, now I’m walking. Doubt I’ll ever be flying, but at least I’m stronger than I was.

Acekitty

After my mom died, I set a single goal to do something productive each day. For awhile it was getting out of bed. Then it was brushing my hair. Then it was cooking something to eat. As each little thing graduated from my “thing” for the day to just habit, I would add a new thing. It took awhile to be functional again. It really did feel like I was crawling when everyone else was running.

msaylors

When I was 22 I lost my leg due to a suicide attempt and becoming an amputee as a result of my own stupid actions was extremely difficult but I decided I was going to keep living and really see what I could do with the time and resources I have. I always thought I was too stupid and ugly to do anything with my life but once there wasn’t much left to lose I got my shit together stopped being a victim and now I’m 25 going to school, clean and sober, no friends or girlfriend or family really but I’m content being alone with my thoughts and I think my prosthetic looks pretty badass.

shynobi_anbu

This is going to sound stupid to most who haven’t been through it but my (ex) husband of 17 years cheated on me with my best friend. It’s all so cliche. We had two preteen boys that he didn’t want anything to do with. Some how I kicked him out of the house. Didn’t accept his fake apologies. And then watched my run turn into a walk, then a crawl. I dragged us through every day. It happened the last two weeks of school and I still went to their end of the year award programs and smiled even though neighbors were whispering and I hosted birthday parties minus a parent and I taught one to drive. I am not completely sure how I was strong enough but I brought us all forward in those dark days. I wasn’t going to let this affect them. And now, even with their dad living three miles away with his new family and acting like they don’t exist, I crawl, with them on my back. Edit: I really appreciate all the kindness. It’s comforting to hear the positive thoughts as it’s often so isolating. I can’t believe I received so many comments. I plan to read and respond to all. Oh and the awards! Wow! Never got one of those before!

mistykf