Goonies Never Say Die

I really related to the Goonies when I was younger. I bet a lot of you will say the same.  I wanted to be Mikey, but I know I was more like Chunk. How disappointing. But guess what? There are lessons to be learned from the Goonies and I will present them here for the first time ever (on this blog). Before you start to read, grab your notebook, a cup of coffee, and your intestinal fortitude.  And if you haven’t seen the Goonies, it might be good to watch it before reading this…Let’s journey forth.

“Come on Walsh we don’t have all day. There’s 50 more houses to tear down after yours.”

Life is full of challenges. It could be that your house is in foreclosure or at risk of being torn down because the country club needs to expand. Or it could be that your health or self-esteem is in decline because you are overweight.  You can sit there and let it happen (your house get torn down or your body get fat up) or you can do something about it. Are you willing to take a little risk to better your situation?

“Mikey, Mikey, come on, our parents are worried. It’s dinnertime. Why don’t we go home?”
“Home? What home? In a couple more hours, it ain’t gonna be home anymore. Come on, guys, this is our time. Our last chance to see if there really is any rich stuff. We’ve got to…”

Have you gotten to the point yet where you are willing to do what ever it takes? That if you don’t try, you will lose it all? Here is the glory… you know the way.  The resources are there.  You just have to have faith that it can get better.  You have the map. And the key. Why don’t you take that first step on the adventure?  You will never regret stepping out. You will only ever regret not trying.

“Tell us everything! Everything!”
“OK! I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog… When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out… But the worst thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa – and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.”

Be honest. Not only with yourself, but with everyone around you. If you try and hide the fact that you are in a bad spot, then how can anyone help support you in your time of need?  Tell your friends and family especially.  Ask them to help keep you accountable and to give you motivation and encouragement along the way.  We are so afraid to ask people to help support. A lot of times they would love nothing more than to do just that.

“Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school….Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.”

It is not an easy journey.  There will be all sorts of things along the way that will try and trip you up, or crush you, or make you fall. You may want to stop. You may look for a way out.  But then your journey will be over and the prize lost.  Don’t ride the bucket up. Goonies don’t give up just because things are getting tough. They keep pushing forward.

“It’s OK, you’re a Goonie and Goonies always make mistakes… just don’t make any more.” 

You may have slips along the way.  You may stumble. You may hit the wrong note and cause the floor to fall out from beneath you. But that is ok.  Just learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward. Don’t ever let a setback define you or cause you to quit. The treasure is just ahead. One-Eyed Willie is waiting.

“Hi Willie. Oh, I’m Mike Walsh. You’ve been expecting me, haven’t you? Well I made it. I beat you. I got here in one piece… so far.”

The prize is worth it. The narrow escapes. The death-defying acts. The lifestyle change and the exercise. The prize makes it all worth it.  And the adventure is half of the fun.  Where will your journey take you? What experiences will you have along the way? What prize is your Willie watching over?

“Bye, Willie. Thanks.”

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