bumper cars

Saying 2020 was a bumpy year is an understatement.

Just 11 days in and this year is no different, so far. From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West getting a divorce, to rioters breaking into the U.S. Capitol building and talks of a civil war, 2021 has unfortunately maintained the standard set by last year. And if it keeps going, the 2020s are going to get a bad name.

With COVID-19 still raging and a new president on the wings of taking over office, more bumps are likely to arise in the coming days, weeks and months. Most people would shy away from these apparent challenges. I think we should have a different approach.

Picture this: You are 6 or 7 years old at an amusement park. You just puked your funnel cake up all over the last ride, but you are still going on to the bumper cars. Now you and your friends hop into the bumper cars smashing into each other and shaking it right off as quickly as they come.

In bumpy situations, I think it is wise to look at bumper cars with how to deal with the unexpected setbacks life hands you. Being able to take a hit and rebound is key or life would be able to get you down very easily.

After this past year, especially, people all around the world have taken hits due to the pandemic among other things. Like in bumper cars you may take a hit, but it is all about how you rebound. Rebounding with a “no obstacles can get in my way” mindset can help you get anything done.

Like a 7-year-old hopped up on sugar in a bumper car, life can come out of nowhere and knock you off course. When this happens, it is common to get frustrated or upset, but you always have the chance to pick yourself up and keep going and run down that kid that hit you first.

Do not get me wrong. I am not saying that it is as easy to shake off a hit from life as it is in a bumper car course, but if you adopt a bumper car mentality, you can shake anything off.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_jrserme@ilstu.edu. Follow Sermersheim on Twitter at @JakeSermersheim

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