Bears have an important place in human history. Powerful, authoritative animals, they have been the subject of mythology and legend in many cultures throughout the centuries and are featured in many diverse ways. For example, bears can even be found in astronomy. Ursa Major is considered the “Bear Constellation”. The bear has, at times been feared as a significant opponent and there are legends of defeating a bear as a symbolism for overcoming significant adversity.
For those of you who may not be as big a nerd as myself, Battlestar Galacticais a science fiction show that came out in the late 1970’s. The show basically involved a group of surviving humans on a lone ship (the Galactica) trying to overcome incredible odds to maintain their way of life. It only ran for two seasons, but it amassed a significant cult following that inspired a reboot in 2004.
I’m going somewhere with this, trust me… I feel like I’ve been battling a huge, angry bear for the past two years. This bear is bigger, stronger and has more resources than me. And it seems as though no matter how hard I push, the bear seems intent on breaking me. Much like the crew of the Galactica, I often feel like I’m throwing in my last ditch effort in order to maintain my way of life.
Okay, maybe this is a bit of a stretch to get a message across… but it’s an important message. We all face overwhelming odds at some point in our lives. After all, life is hard! It kind of has to be, right? If life were smooth and easy, what would be the point without some kind of challenge? But despite the severity or depth of the challenges we face, the important is to keep fighting. As long as you can still draw breath, you can still fight. And as long as you can still fight, there will always be a chance of overcoming those odds.
No matter the odds you face, don’t ever give up. Although the saying goes, “Nice guys finish last” we get there eventually, right? That’s the important part. Take of yourself, your health and your family and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. ☯