“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”- Abraham Lincoln.
In the ever present stay calm and carry on posters they forget two words, and on. Therefore, they should readStay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we arecreatures of great resolve when we’re pressed against the grind stone. Everyone struggles at some point, and no matter what it it is every struggle feelsdaunting and like it is specifically yours. However, there are many people struggling with the same thing, it is your reaction to that struggle that makes it individual. Not to mention, our struggles have a funny way of making us strong where we once were weak. At times when your looking for answers in the midst of trouble you are met with silence. Yet we mustn’t forget that when you’regoing through something difficult, the teacher is quiet during the test. Even amidst the silence youare not alone. It is within these hardships that our determination and perseverance really shine. I have been asked how I am able to continue and remain so optimistic in a situation many would find bleak. The fact is, I remain optimistic because Ibelieve there is more to this world then only what I can see. There is no solid explanation forour existence, just as there is no solid explanation as to how I survived death.One can only assume that there must be a teacher out there helping me(and you) along the way. It is because of thiswe keep on going and do not faint or crumble at the first signs of trouble. Rather, we buckle down to withstand the storm and reach our goals that lie just on the other side of them.
“Sometimes when you go through adark period, you come out on the other side even more beautiful.”-unknown.
Everyone has gone through a dark time, in the beginning it’s alwaysdifficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel(or if there is any at all). After being discharged from the Hospital, and being able totake into account the gravity of my situation, I saw nothing butagapingblack hole,and attimes I still feel that way.However, with a very large dose of some real hope(God and physical progress) I was finally able to start seeing if only but a glimmer, the light reflecting off of somethingthat I couldn’t entirely comprehend. Anynotions of a linear life timeline that I hadpreviously thought of was now effectively bent into all different directions. I had set myself afoot on a pathway that checked off most of the(in my mind)practical boxes. Agreat secure job,a nice place to live, a savings,and acloset full of clean( if fashionable)clothes.However, on thisnew winding path, I had a problem, because myprevious path had disappeared on me! Now I was left blindlysearching to get back on my path once again. It was as if I wereAlice in Wonderlandasking the Cheshire cat for directions andI was beginning to realizethatrather then follow apath, I’dlikely have to make my own. Each of us is making a path,but sometimes you get stuck in aparticularly hard patch that’s rough to cut through. You canconsume all the self help books you want,but nothing quite teaches or shapesyou like experience. Besides cliche’ one liners can only comfort you so much, before you decide to throw the book out and write your own. The thing is, quite a few of those one liners are actuallycorrect. Particularly the ones on hardship,storms,and transformation(as the quote above). Unfortunately though, some transformationscan be painful. Just as a blacksmith beats iron intoshape, sometimes were beat into shape as well. The good news is, that We usually come out on the other side better. Even though I cannot see it now, my better sensetells me that there is a dawn and it’s coming willbring with it thesongs of the morning birds and my ransom from a dark cage. The question is, now that the path is gone,where will the new oneI forge lead?Now his is the fun part(and terrifying)because you’ll find the answer is aresounding, “anywhere!” It’s okay to fall off the path once in awhile, so long as you don’t stray too far and just know that youpossess the power to create a new one.