“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” ~ Paulo Coelho.
You’re going through tough time now, right? You feel like a jinx, like no matter how hard you try everything isn’t going right. For once you’d like it to go right for you. You can’t seem to catch a break and it feels like you have never ever caught a break.
Let’s switch off our overactive, busy minds for a bit, as you read this post. Think of Spongebob jelly fishing or something [oh god, I just made a Spongebob reference! I apologise.] Please keep reading on, I promise this isn’t a post devoted to my love of Spongebob.
Strive, struggle and failure, as much as some us dread these factors, they are the beauty of life. It sounds very masochistic in a way, I obviously don’t mean it in that sense, what I mean is: try to see the beauty in the failure, the disappointment, the hard time.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Our struggles should be seen as something which could be sculpted into something beautiful: it can either go really good or end up falling into pieces – all situations in life are like this, hence we must act without expectation.
Once we start building expectations of our situations this is where we start to take the wrong mindset, we feel like the world and people owe us something – they don’t, in reality. We should lower expectations of others and raise expectations of ourselves.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.” And speaking from the experience that I have [be it little,] I’d say this is true. Our greatest strengths do tend to come from our greatest weaknesses, as it’s only when we’re at the lowest of the lows that we can actually find the strength inside ourselves to RISE ABOVE IT. The lesson here being: to grow, we must struggle.
A writer I’ve mentioned before, on this blog: Paulo Coelho has always been an inspiration to me. His words are almost a blessing in disguise. You will find that his books will come into your life by chance and when you need his words the most. You wont even realise it but what you do read will change your life, forever.
This moment happened to myself last year, whilst reading one of his many magical books. And this is where I discovered one of my all-time favourite quotes which helped me an enormous amount:
“There is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.”
Remember, nothing in life is permanent; everything, everyone and situations are always in constant change. Face your hardships – don’t run away. If they change your life, let them. You’ll come out a better, stronger person afterwards – I promise. If you’re lost, don’t worry: be brave, take risks and never give up – you will find your way!