The Art of the Comeback

People love a comeback story. We love the story of the underdog who has overcome an impossible obstacle and ultimately triumphed in the end. It’s probably the most played out storyline – and still, we never tire of it.

The only thing that people may love more than a comeback story is the full – on crash and burn of someone’s downfall. For example, every single woman between the ages of 25-35 refers to their bad days as their “Britney 2008” moment. (#freebritney). There are people around the world who know nothing about golf; yet, they have seen the infamous picture of Tiger slumped in his car seat. And even the casual boxing fan (hand raised), knows that Tyson Fury traded his career and family for booze and self-pity.

But that’s not where the story ended for those guys. Tiger Woods came back to win the master’s (I think). I know I could fact check that but then you would think I know way more about golf than I do. And Tyson came back to defeat Deontay Wilder and win the WBC (I think). Once again, we’re aiming for authenticity here people. And really, what they won is not as important as the fact that they made a comeback.

 As someone who has been on a wild losing streak – I have a love/hate relationship with comeback stories. If I’m being entirely honest, some comeback stories are garbage. They are not only unrealistic but written in this retrospective idealism which provides no practical help. They just seem to just focus on that “one glorious day” that everything changed and reduce the actual work that it took into one paragraph.

This is not to knock all come back stories. I loved Tyson Fury’s story. I just know that I can’t be the only one who has ever spewed profanity at a self- help book.

 That’s where this blog comes in.  Essentially, I’m writing my comeback story – before the comeback has even occurred. This is me – getting my life back, but a better version. In later posts, I’ll get into more detail. I’ll update this every Tuesday and I’m curious to see the outcome. I have no clue if this will work or if I’ll event see it through but I’ve literally got nothing to lose.


  1. Everybody has a story. Not all stories are happily ever after tales. I do like a good comeback story as much a the next person, but find the story of the journey so much more appealing. I look forward to hearing more of yours!


  2. Your article resonates with me because I’m doing something similar by taking a journey of disecting my life into puzzle pieces. Then I plan to put the pieces together again if possible. I too am looking for myself. And I am also searching the best way to do this. I know that many “puzzle pieces” make up who I am now.


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