It’s true. Life is inevitably challenging and difficult. It is not the fairytale that some of you have imagined, nor the fantasy novel that you hoped for. It is unpredictable, scary, tragic, hard, messy and confusing. Sometimes, it is even insufferable.
But we are all in it together. We are all going through the same thunderstorms. Some are strong enough to survive it and some just don’t feel brave enough to move on. The bottom line is… one way or another, we are all doing our best to make it. That is in our human nature. To fight against all odds and survive. To look forward and never give up. To keep walking even if that means taking small baby steps.
Now, I know how this must sound. You are sick and tired of trying and failing over and over again and I am right here giving you a pep talk. I know it’s probably the last thing that you want to hear, but you know what? I don’t care.
It is easy to feel happy, calm and peaceful when everything in life sees to be aligned for you. It is easy when life flows smoothly. But that’s not the only thing life’s about. Life is more than just the positive side of things. Life’s about contrasts. It is about finding balance in the chaos of this world. It is not about hiding from the storm, but rather dancing in the rain.
Because it is during those difficult times that you will realize that you are the only person that you can rely on. And that if you want to make it, you would have to fight for your life.
It is the scariest feeling you will ever feel, but also the most liberating.
Yes, life is truly difficult and unpredictable, but you, my dear friend…
You are stronger.
Stronger than you think. Braver than you know. Bolder than you can imagine.
And you can do it. No matter what life gives, or takes away from you, you can handle it.
The truth is, sometimes the challenges will be significantly harder, but that is exactly when you should remind yourself that you need to keep going. That is the moment when you have to look inwards and remind yourself that you are strong. Strong and brave enough to rise above your fears and let this experience challenge you and in the process, help you grow. This is the moment when you have to put yourself to the test and prove to yourself that you are stronger than you think.
After all, life is not about the destination. It is about the journey.
The lessons that you get to learn, the failures that you will experience, the obstacles that you will cross, or the ones you will have to fight, the experiences that will shape you and eventually the person you will choose to become.
So, enjoy it while it lasts and always remember…
Everything that you are today, you owe it to your past self.
You may doubt yourself all you want, but you are stronger than you think.