"You Gotta Get Up."

Monday, February 25, 2013


I love the Oscars. Period. I've talked about it before (in a favorite post entitled "Homo-loving Sons-of-Guns - read it, you'll understand) when my blog was just a chubby baby. This year, I was busy doing a hundred and twelve other things during the ceremony. Feeding and putting Violet to bed, talking to my friend who was over, cooking a far more complicated than I'm used to dinner (I'm on a two week cleanse of sorts) and finishing up a week's worth of paperwork, my dreaded Sunday ritual. So, some of the show was lost on me. Ben Affleck's beautiful speech, however, was not. You know, the one where he thanked his wife for all the hard work she puts into their marriage and cried dedicating his award to his children (one of whom is named Violet, thankyouverymuch). And these words. These words had me reduced to tears on my couch. 

"You have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can't hold grudges. It's hard, but you can't hold grudges. And it doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life because that's going to happen. All that matters is you gotta get up."

2012 was the most beautiful year of my life because it was the year I met my sweet Violet, but - damn - that year knocked me down a lot, too. And while I was starting to get firmly on my feet again by years end, my life is coming together in so many ways in this new year. So, Ben's (yes, we're on a first name basis now) words strongly resonated with me. And I know that while things are lovely right now, I'll get knocked down again. That's what life does. However, I now know something I maybe didn't know before 2012, nothing can break me. 

So, thank you for your speech, Mr. Jennifer Garner (favorite mom in Hollywood). You've come a long way from your "Jenny on the Block" video appearance. So, thank you for that, too.

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