Everybody Has a Little Jack in Them

30 Apr


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Apparently he thinks I’m like Jack.


Jack is back

Jack is back … Are you ready?


And you know what?

Sometimes I am.

Although I may need a little more than 24 hours to save the day and a lot of chocolate to celebrate.

Things get rough and tough, whether you’re married, or divorced. Parent or living single. I’ve learned that everybody has a struggle. Everybody has something in their life that challenges their patience, their zen-like state of mind, and their road to happiness. Everyone has something that will eventually burn them out. I know something pops up for me at least once a week.

But I think I’ve found it.

Perspective. Sometimes I lose it.

Yeah it’s gone missing a couple of times during road rage, relationship disasters, and personal crises. Writer’s block attacking you when you’ve only got an hour to spare, mother reminding you of things you just can’t bear, rejection letters piling in, anti-aging creams that are just not working,ย  kids that love you but don’t listen, and student loans that don’t seem to be shrinking. All this burns me out, but it doesn’t completely ruin my day anymore. I don’t know if I’ve developed a thicker skin. I’d like to think that I’ve just managed to find my Jack Bauer.

Yeah … I eventually have a light-bulb moment and it comes back to me.

I’ve found a routine that’s helped me uncover it … helped me find my hidden Jack Bauer. Normally it takes a triathlon or climbing 1,400 stairs to ignite this bad-ass nature but I can still capture that feeling without running a race or achieving a Bucket List Adventure.

Through my hour of power in the morning, which includes a Rocky Balboa type of work out minus the raw eggs of course, thoughts on gratitude although on days when everything blows up I’m just grateful that I have clean underwear, and my pump-it-up jams which often include 80s music and Pharrell Williams, and my meditation challenges in the evening which at times lead to a snooze fests in mid session because I’m not as Zen as I’d like to think, just exhausted. With all of these steps I’ve managed to improve my outlook in the last couple of months.

I’ve managed to find my inner Jack Bauer. My badass.

Dude … everybody has a little Jack in them.You just have to remember to let him out.

Jack is back.



15 Responses to “Everybody Has a Little Jack in Them”

  1. Mabel Kwong April 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM #

    Our “inner Jack Bauer”. I like that a lot. Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of 24, haha. I think when we lose perspective it’s a scary thing – it’s a time when everything seems out of control. Your hour of power sounds like a good strategy for you to get things back into line, good on you. As for me, I’ve yet to find out what makes me “tick”. Still frazzled with rushing writing deadlines, cleaning my room, you name it. But I’ll get there, just like you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

      It’s on baby! I love Jack and I’m counting the hours ’till Monday … where I’ll be glued to the screen and ignoring everyone around me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m totally excited for that, which I guess sort of inspired this post. No worries on being frazzled I still get that way. It took me a really long time to get here. Long. But it’s all good you make it when you make it … I’ll high-five when you reach the peak. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mabel Kwong May 2, 2014 at 3:40 AM #

        I too am excited that Jack is back for one more season. We get the show on Australian TV a week after it’s debut in the States, which is actually very good. Don’t know if I’ll have time to watch it – work, sigh – but I’ll definitely be following along. From the promos, it seems like an action packed season – the usual, oh yeah!

        Any journey, the journey is ours to make ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. bgddyjim May 1, 2014 at 1:50 AM #

    Awesome post.

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ That just made my morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. anotherday2paradise May 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    Whoopee!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM #

      Ha! I love that extra smile on your smiley face. Thanks for stopping by you make me feel like that smiley face ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good one.

  4. lameadventures May 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM #

    For a moment I thought you had discovered your own inner action hero, Guat, but now I realize that it’s the return of one of your favorite TV shows that has you psyched. How fortuitous for you that Kiefer wanted that paycheck. I’ve never watched “24”. I’m still trying to figure out where the name “Kiefer” came from. But I’m happy that you’re happy.

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

      Ha! I actually did find my inner action hero ๐Ÿ™‚ Although it happened about a week ago … at the end of lent if you can believe that, but decided to wait to write about it until now. Sort of mesh my love for Jack Bauer’s resurrection with my self-discovery ๐Ÿ™‚ I know all kinds of people give up stuff for lent for 40 days, but I decided to give something to myself that would try to eradicate the toxic people, thoughts, or situations that happen around me. So I did that whole hour-of-power and it turned out to ignite the Jack Bauer in me. A good way to start the day, especially when you have disaster of the presidential kind on a weekly, if not daily, basis. ๐Ÿ™‚ Finding my inner action hero rocks, realizing that my favorite action hero is coming back to TV in like four days … dude … priceless! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • lameadventures May 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

        You have been very upbeat lately, but glad you gave yourself something for Lent rather than torturing yourself with giving up chocolate.

  5. Krystal May 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM #

    Can. Barely. Contain. My. Excitement!!!! I have a countdown clock on my computer for this very occasion! ๐Ÿ˜€ Kick ass to find your inner Jack…I’ve been doing the very same! Go us! Whoop whoop!

    • The Guat May 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM #

      Whoop whoop! Fist bump, girl! Now that you’ve closed up the Spring semester you’ve definitely got more time to continue the evolution of your super-action-hero identity. High five girl!

      • Krystal May 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

        Haha! Summer term started today BUT us super-action-hero chicks have what it takes to multitask like bosses, right? Right! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fist bump/High five back at ya, Guat!

  6. peacelovegreatcountrymusic May 3, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

    A most excellent post, duuuuuuuuude. I find myself more Chloe than Jack, but I do like to drink Jack while I watch 24. Does that count?

    • The Guat May 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

      That totally counts. Any time you are on Jack’s side it’s cool and Chloe’s been there ๐Ÿ™‚

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