From the moment we are born we are given a life that, because of human nature, we are less than happy with; we are always striving for perfection. We are not all born with the looks of Elle Macpherson, the brain of Albert Einstein or the financial security of Bill Gates’ kids. Short of either cosmetic surgery, a brain transplant or parent reassignment we are taught to accept the cards we have been dealt and move on as “that’s life”.
We may experience major road-blocks in our life, such as disfigurement or loss, but as Stephen Hawking and Sophie Pascoe did, we should accept these setbacks as “that’s life” and make the most of the abilities and talents we do have. We face each day minor incidences, like rude people, travel delays and bad food experiences, but “that’s life”, we live and learn.
However some of the short comings we perceive of our life are based on theories of luck; we wonder why our frog never turned into a prince, why we don’t win lotto or go on holiday to France and no, it is not because “that’s life”. It is because life is what you make it; from the words of my inspirational nephew Michael Brake (an Olympian at age 21) when I wished somebody good luck for a rowing race, he replied “luck does not help you win; hard work, determination and a sense of achievement does”.
So if before starting to read this blog you thought that we were lucky to be holidaying in France, think again, as we are just two ordinary people who have tried to make the most of life and have never accepted that “that’s life” was a definitive statement.