This game called “life” is far from simple. Nobody is dealt a perfect hand. When things get difficult, all you want is a free pass to make your problems disappear. Truth is, you don’t want this life to be easy. You want it to be complicated, confusing, and trying. You want to get hurt, heartbroken, and frustrated. Don’t fail to see the meaning of difficult times. They shape you, build you, and strengthen you.
While it feels like these tough times cripple you, they actually define your character. You can’t see the rainbow unless you’ve weathered the storm. Take away all these negative feelings and you wouldn’t have the positive ones.
Times will get hard… There’s no denying it. This life will knock the wind out of you and kick you while you’re down. This life is merciless and unforgiving. You’re going to get hurt. You will have scars. When you’ve had all you can take and feel that there’s no fight left in you, continue to push through. Remember those good times in life. Remember what it’s like to accomplish something new. Remember why it is that you get out of bed in the morning. Remember the things you like to do… Hiking, biking, swimming, arts and crafts, etc. Remember your goals and dreams for the future – maybe it’s that family you have always wanted, or that sweet little girl you hope to have one day.
Remember that you are strong enough to rise above this. Remember that letting others in when you’re in a dark place can help. Don’t shut yourself off from everyone. No, they won’t always be able to pull you out of the dark place you’re in, but the light that spills in when they enter will at least show you which way the door is.
Never take a single day for granted… Even the bad ones. Celebrate the fact that you wake up each day and can feel, whether it be good or bad. Believe in the good of others. Mostly, believe in yourself. Dance in the rain… Sing in the shower… Hold nothing back. See the light at the end of the tunnel, even when it’s especially dark. Never discount your ability to wake up each day and experience all the things that make life worth living.
Sometimes, life will be hard, but it will always be worth it.