I am no follower of boxing and nor did I know anything about Tyson Fury up until the extensive coverage he’s had in the past week since his recent heavyweight title fight against American Deontay Wilder.
However, the story of his comeback from the depths of depression, ill health and deprivation is inspiring and grabbed my attention when I heard him speaking in a postfight interview.
There is a very fine line we all walk between the rise and the fall. One step in the wrong direction coupled with some bad luck can bring about a downward spiral in the lives of even those who are perceived to be flying high.
Conversely, just one step in the right direction at the right time, coupled with some good fortune, can be the catalyst for a virtuous circle of ascent from the depths of low to the very highest pinnacle of achievement and the regaining of peace and happiness in one’s life.
Everyone goes through ups and downs in the rough and tumble of life and it is important to try to remember that no matter how black the dark dogs may feel, you are only one step away from the road to resurrection. It is impossible to predict when that one vital step that may start the rise will come, so you just have to keep taking that one step forward.
These following lyrics are based on that theme. The bulk of it was written on the way up Loch Linnhe on Monday, so it’s far from finished but I hope the themes are effective.
From the darkest of the deep, when the worlds couldn’t sleep and the tears to weep were rivers running free
To the future feeling blind from the present trying to hide and the past behind just broken dreams to see.
Fallen beaten on the ropes, weak with bruised and battered hopes down the valley slopes I looked but turned away. I stepped toward the rising height and you came and brought the light, your grip was tight, I rose to see the dawning day.
On the hilltop now we stand on the heights of sacred land with the blessed hand of hope for journeys new.
You all are by our side, and the world’s in our stride and the peace inside is proof that course is true. So we’re on the voyage now, together watching from the bow, in wonder how the tides of fortune turn.
What a time to be alive filled with energy to strive and drive ahead for blazing trails to burn. There’s a thin dividing wall between the rising or the fall, we gamble all for broken hearts or bliss
Between the pauper or the king, the failure or the win, from giving in or love’s eternal kiss.
Between the hero and the fool there is no golden rule - one turn of fate can pull the hero down,
So fight with blood and sweat and up again you get and never let the demons keep you from your crown.
We may be just one step away from the coming of our day and the morning rays of golden blessed beams.
Before you quit and break, just one more step you take and lay your stake to live again your dreams.
So get up and carry on, fight or sing another song, keep stepping on and pushing for the goal. Take every knock-back on the chin, and use the hurt to help you win. Find peace within the harbour of your soul.