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  • Eichel Davis

BP #33: Finding Your Anchor


A few years ago there was an episode of Teen Wolf called Anchors. The episode focused on the characters finding their anchor, their thing to hold them to this world. It stands out as on the greats of the series, mainly because of the lessons it taught.

Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking about this idea of an anchor. I’ve broke in down, analyzed it and came to a more comprehensive idea of an anchor.

You see, an anchor is something that not only holds to yourself, its something that will always be there. Its something that you can’t lose. Something you can’t live without.

For many people their anchor is their family. Its simple, yes, but in a way its our most basic anchor. Most of us started with someone by our side. But I think that if those people really dug deep into themselves, they would find out that their anchor is something much different. They would find out that its even more deeply rooted. They would find out that its their dreams.

Take athletes for a moment. I work with Mizzou Baseball everyday, and I know many of these guys have set their anchor up to be baseball. Everything they do is to get better at baseball. Every move, every decision is about getting to the next step in their journey. And for athletes in general, their anchors revolve around their sport. For most artist, their anchor is their art. For singers, it’s their music. For writers...it’s our works.


But with all of these, a problem arises. What happens if you lose your anchor.


We have heard the story too many times. An athletes goes down, and never gets back up. A singer has an album flop, and is forgotten. A writer stays undiscovered, and stops writing. I think about it everyday. What would I do if I woke up one morning, and couldn’t write. What if I lost the ability to have create ideas. To be honest, that would the worst day of my life. That would be the day I would reach rock bottom.

To lose your anchor is really to lose your way. Most of us have somewhat of a path, an idea of how we are going to get to our goals. But when you lost your anchor, there is no more goal, no more end game. The world is as open and as dark, as space. And this is when the greatest of life’s lessons will dawn on us. This is when we find out who we really are, and how strong we really are.

Humans are naturally strong people. Mentally, it takes a lot to permanently break us. Sure we fall and stumble, but we always get back up, and rise higher. So when you lose your anchor, it will devastating, but you will come out on the other side stronger, as long as you find a new anchor. You see, a person without an anchor, without dreams, can be dangerous. Because you make stupid choices when you don’t have anything to make choices for.

So go find your anchor. If you lose it, fight your way to a new one. If you feel like you are about to lose it, know this. Only you can take away your dreams.


Finding My Anchor,

Eichel

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