Mike Tyson: Life Is Hard But It’s Fair.


I never thought I’d be quoting Mike Tyson. But here’s real wisdom coming from Iron Mike, and proof that we can learn something from everyone. Whoever crosses our path can be our teacher:

“We all feel so sorry for ourselves, but we shouldn’t. We have to fight that feeling and know that life is hard but it’s fair. People say life is not fair, but I believe that it is fair—it’s just so damn hard.” (From an interview by Sean Woods in Men’s Journal.)

Remember that self-pity is like rocking in a chair and expecting to go somewhere. It robs us of energy. It pulls us down. There is always something we can do to make our day better. We can go visit someone who has it worse. We can listen to a beautiful song. We can call someone we haven’t heard from in a while. We can take a walk and look for something new. We can read something uplifting and inspiring.

Life is hard. It is. But we have to remind ourselves that our feelings come and go. Our feelings are just feelings, they’re not facts. And they won’t kill us. They’ll pass and we’ll start to feel good again.

Transformation takes place when we accept the realities in our lives and then take small steps to make each day as good as it can be.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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6 Responses to Mike Tyson: Life Is Hard But It’s Fair.

  1. juliabarrett says:

    Yeah, Mike Tyson… Never thought it possible but he’s a real person now. He pulled himself up. Admirable.

    • dianabletter says:

      Marylin & Julia, doesn’t this show us that transformation is always possible? But first he had to hit his rock bottom…Thanks for reading!

  2. I remember watching the interview when Tyson said this. He was a different man than usually portrayed, and like Julia, I found it admirable that he’d pulled himself up and found his real self.

  3. Diana, you are such a wise woman. I love all of your common sense advice. 🙂

    • dianabletter says:

      Thank you, Tracy! By the way, I finally used the beautiful card I bought from you to send as a condolence card to friends who just lost their son in a tragic hit-and-run accident. I’d been saving it for something meaningful. So thanks again.

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