Over the years, I’ve utilized various quotes and phrases as a sort of guide to life. For a while there was “Just Keep Livin” made popular by Matthew McConaughey. After that there was “Keep Moving Forward” taken from the famous speech by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa. Both phrases pretty much said the same thing, but they were there as reminders to just keep moving when life tries to get ya down.
Recently, another phrase made it into my bag of trick: “Be a goldfish” taken from Apple+’s hit Ted Lasso. Ted Lasso is arguably the best show I’ve seen in years and one I hope to discuss more on here in the near future. But until then, if you haven’t seen it it’s about an American football coach who goes to England to coach a Premier League soccer team. It’s a feel good show that leaves you wanting to be a better person after watching it. The show has resonated with me since my first viewing and is definitely having some influence on my attempts to better myself.
In the show, Ted tells a player, “You know what the happiest animal in the world is? It’s a goldfish. It’s got a ten second memory. Be a goldfish.”
I’m not sure if that is actually true or not, and honestly, I don’t want to know the answer. What I do want to do is be a goldfish.
I want to be able to hear something bad, be talked down to, or experience a setback and just move on quickly. I want to take a minute to process, stop the rumination and self-criticism and just enjoy life. So, being a goldfish sounds darn good.
I changed my lock screen wallpaper to a goldfish as a little reminder to myself. When things kind of suck and I encounter difficulty, I take it for what it’s worth and then I try my best to be a goldfish.