Jared Padalecki is an American actor who is often attributed with the phrase “Always Keep Fighting” after he launched the “Always Keep Fighting” (AKF) campaign in 2015. Jared featured in the television show “Supernatural” where he played the role of Sam Winchester on the series.
On the 10th anniversary of the movie, Supernatural, in 2015, Jared Padalecki launched the “Always Keep Fighting” campaign to encourage people who are going through difficult times to keep persevering and continue to put up a fight against the challenges despite how tough the situation might seem. This was how “Always Keep Fighting” became inseparably associated with him, even though the phrase has been in existence for quite some time.
The “Always Keep Fighting” campaign supports people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, anxiety, and so on. Padalecki had struggled with depression and anxiety before. So, he used this “Always Keep Fighting” as his side project to encourage people who are going through similar challenges. Since then, Jared Padalecki has become synonymous with “Always Keep Fighting”.
Occasions when one feels like giving up
There are times when every one of us has felt like giving up. These trying times test our resilience and ability to endure without giving up. Examples of such occasions include:
- When one is stressed at the workplace to the point one considers giving up.
- When one is putting in the best efforts it just doesn’t seem to come out well.
- When others are getting better results than one is.
- When things are extremely tough.
- When one is experiencing a chronic disease that is causing significant distress.
There are many more scenarios when one feels like giving up. You or someone close to you may be experiencing one of the above or something entirely different, but it is never too late or too early to resound the words of encouragement to you, “Always keep fighting, you will be fine“.
How Jared’s Always Keep Fighting Matters To You
No one ever achieves success or finds peace by giving up. People who continually begin in hope find more meaning in life and the circumstances surrounding them.
Things may get tough and challenging but when they do, it is the willingness to keep fighting that makes one stay ahead of the storm. Many people have sought to end their own lives because of their peculiar circumstances, and many people have decided to give up on their dreams because nothing seems to be working well, but permit me to use dry humor by an anonymous writer:
Life is too short to commit suicide. Be patient, you will die.
Jared Padalecki’s “Always Keep Fighting” could apply to you in the following ways. I hope these are reasons for you to keep fighting and never give up.
1. You are stronger than you think
Maybe you think you don’t have the strength to push through and succeed, but the truth is you have all it takes to succeed and overcome. Never give up the fight.
2. There is always hope
People lose hope because they are conditioned to believe that there is no hope left, but no matter how gloomy things may look now, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
3. You never know what the future holds
Your peculiar circumstances might be very unpleasant today but if you walk determined enough without giving up, it can be one of the greatest miracles in the future.
4. You are not alone
When you think you are alone, you are not. Troubles naturally make us have fewer people who genuinely care but they still exist. Instead of giving up your hope, reach out to people who can encourage you to stay strong when you feel like giving up. They all count on you.
5. You can be a motivation too
Big problems, when solved, receive the greatest accolades. In other words, the bigger your challenge, the bigger your victory. When your victory comes, your story will be a motivation to others to always keep fighting too, just like Jared Padalecki.
6. Heroes don’t quit
Heroes get discouraged, they fail, they feel like giving up, and they have the same natural experiences but they don’t quit. And whenever you feel like giving up the fight, remember you are a hero too.
Being able to keep fighting is often not an easy task. While it may be motivational to tell people the slogan “always keep fighting”, some more tips and actions will be helpful to someone in this regard. In the next section, you will see some things to do to keep fighting when you feel like giving up.
Tips on How to Always Keep Fighting
When life throws you a lemon, make a lemonade. Here are some tips on how to always keep fighting even when you feel like giving up.
1. Take things one at a time
When things get overwhelming, finding ways to break things down becomes a necessary intervention. Instead of bingeing on all the challenges simultaneously, break them down and focus on one issue at a time.
Also, you can break down challenges into achievable goals for each day. That way, you will be able to accomplish your target every day and the satisfaction it brings will fuel your energy tank more and more.
2. Find things that give you strength and motivation
The primary reason why one feels like giving up is because one does not have inner strength and motivation anymore. This is not the time to take up activities that give you more stress. It is the time to turn over to those things that give you strength and motivation. These include hobbies, and encouraging friends.
3. Seek support
No man is an island. The moment you think you don’t need other people, you might miss out on some help you could have come your way. Again, you are not alone. And it is okay to ask for help when you need to.
4. Practice self-care
Self-care is the best gift you can give to yourself. Even when nobody else gives it to you, you owe yourself that responsibility. Little things like getting rest when you are tired, getting enough sleep at night, eating well and healthfully, and finding time to relax and enjoy the company of those you love can be therapeutic for the most part of your current challenges.
5. Remember that it is okay not to be okay
As long as we are humans and we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, it is perfectly fine to feel unwell and discouraged. It is okay not to be okay but what is more important is that you brace yourself up to face the situation and move ahead of the depressing circumstances.
While “Always Keep Fighting” is a phrase popularised by Jared Padalecki, its applications in helping one overcome challenges cannot be over-emphasized.
No matter what you are going through, it could be a chronic health challenge, depression, anxiety disorder, setbacks in your relationship, marriage, work, or any other, everything is going to be alright if you keep fighting and never give up.