What interests me as a writer is the cold slice of life, the against the odds, the grief, the pain, because it is in those moments, often kept hidden from the world by a façade of I’m-okay-look-I’m-smiling, that we discover who we are and just what we are capable of doing.

Leonard Cohen sang, “Everybody knows the fight was fixed.”

You know it, I know it. Everybody knows it. But do you remember when you realized that the fight was fixed and not in your favor? Because that’s the moment that defines you.

Here’s another one: Bobby Womack sang, “You don’t know what you’ll do until you’re put under pressure…”

Put any human being up against the wall with no way out, down for the count, the deck stacked against them, let them know right there and then that there’s no easy exit first left, that the fight was fixed and that the House always wins.

You don’t know what you’ll do until you’re put under pressure…

And some of us have a hell of a tester.

 

What did you do?

 

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