When Rock Bottom Is Lower Than You Thought


They say that hitting rock bottom isn’t all bad because the only way you can go is up. All you can do is take steps to get out of the hole you’re in.

But what happens when your rock bottom isn’t really your rock bottom? What if you keep getting lower and lower? Instead of getting closer to fresh air, you get farther and farther away from it until the sky has become a mere speck.

I don’t really know what happens. I don’t know if the universe is playing some sick game or if its testing us. I don’t know when you’ll really know you’ve hit the ground so low it starts burning your feet. And I don’t know if you’ll have to climb up a ladder step by step to get out or if the ground will explode and blast you all the way to the top like some cheesy cartoon because you’ve suffered so much.

But there are two things I do know. Two things that have to remain true. It doesn’t matter if the sky is a only a speck from your view, you need to remain hopeful and you need to try.

I don’t care if you have no house, no car, and no money. I don’t care that you’re 45 with a family and living with your parents. I don’t care if you’ve fucked up in anything you’ve ever tried, disappointed your family, or did things you regret.

No matter what, you cannot lose hope. Every day you have to wake up and believe with every inch of your soul that today is going to be a better day. You have to hope that something will finally work in your favor and elevate you a step toward getting the fuck out of that hole. You must believe that magic will happen and that, no matter what the universe has put you through, it actually has your back. Remember that the universe wants you to win and will support you when you finally figure it out.

But you can’t just hope, because hope is not enough. Hope is enough to keep you alive and to keep you trying, but if you don’t try anything, you’ll remain hopeful for no reason. No one is going to appear at the top and throw down a rope, you have to find a way to get out yourself.

You can get help, but at the end of the day, you have to take the action that will get you out of that hole.

You have to try. Anything. Try your craziest ideas, try every idea. Put in the work and remain hopeful that it’ll work every time. Don’t ever think, “This is too crazy, it’ll never work.” Always assume that what you do will take you to success. Always believe in yourself and in your actions. What’s the point in doing the opposite?

Have hope and keep trying. That’s the best you can do. That’s the best you will do.