Dodgeball

Today’s assignment in Writing 101 is all about being inspired by a quote. The quote can serve as an introduction to the post or inspire the post itself. It was a tough one, to be sure. What quote would be worthy enough to discuss in a blog post? After much thought, I found just the right one.

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!

– Patches O’Houlihan

Truer words have never been spoken.

Wait, what? That’s just a silly quote from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, a comedy that contains no real life lessons and many shots of people getting hit in the groin with projectiles. Or is it?

While the quote is used for laughs, and is spoken by eccentric wheelchair-bound drunk Patches O’Houlihan while literally tossing wrenches at the protagonists in an attempt to teach them dodgeball, it contains one of the most important lessons of life: hardship makes you a stronger person.

We have all, at one time or another, had metaphorical wrenches thrown at us. At least, I hope they were just metaphorical for everyone. And each wrench has made us stronger, more capable of dodging less dangerous objects that life tosses our way.

Yet that’s not always the case. I still tend to get worked up over the small things in life, sometimes having mini-meltdowns over the most trivial issues. During those times, I need to remind myself that I’ve dodged so many wrenches in life. Major problems that should have left me in ruin, but that I overcame to be where I am today.

And at its heart, there is a much simpler lesson behind this quote: it’s important to have a bit of goofy humor in your life. When things are looking down, remembering an inspirational quote from a scholar or great thinker is no good. I know some people draw inspiration from that, but it doesn’t help me. Sometimes, what you really need is an irate drunk throwing wrenches at you to remind you of your own strength.

After all, if you can dodge a wrench, what chance does a mere ball stand?

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