A favorite line during my parent’s “senior” years was, “all my getup has got up and gone.” Is getup in part ambition?

When I started walking regularly this year, I wasn’t sure I would continue. I appreciate it as a one day at a time sort of mindset. After months of walking, my getup has become stronger. Helpful too that I dropped thirteen pounds.

Another expression, one I intensely dislike, is “fire in the belly.” Especially as a question. Do you have any more FITB?

If you want to end a perfectly good friendship with me, ask me this. I will immediately assign you and the fire to right field. It feels too all knowing, to controlling.

I heard a speaker say that the worst thing you can do for a smart kid is to praise them for how smart they are. Once they hear this, they become fearful of not measuring up, and lose their getup.

As a senior, I celebrate my ability to getup and go and will mourn its loss when gone. Ambition, on the other hand, I celebrate for its absence. I feel more mature having left it behind. Something has replaced my ambition that connects me more with the world, but I don’t have a name for it.

4 thoughts on “Ambition

    • fictionfitz October 20, 2013 / 7:36 pm

      Thank goodness for different lands!

  1. Carole Webber October 20, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Energy and ambition are two different things to me. Energy is physical. Ambition is mental. I need energy for ambitious projects. I notice a drop in my energy level as I get older. I always have ambition, goals I set for myself.
    I will try to work on them as long as I have the energy

    My parents praised me all the time and I wasn’t even smart!

    • fictionfitz October 20, 2013 / 7:34 pm

      And you always rise to the challenge!

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