The things no one else is doing.
The things that frighten you.
The things others can’t do for you.
The things that make you question how much longer you can hold on and push forward.
The things that define you.
Those are the things that make the difference between existing and living… between knowing the path and walking the path… between a life of defeat and a life filled with happiness and success.
Adversity is an inevitability, and it’s much like walking in to a turbulent windstorm. As you fight to push through it, you not only gain strength, but it tears away from you all but the essential parts of you that cannot be torn.
Once you come out of the storm you see yourself as you really are in raw form, still holding the passions and values that move you, and little else.
These are the lusts that matter.. the inner love and vows that define you.
It is this kind of love that drives you forward and even when the going gets tough. It is this kind of love that strengthens the mind, body and soul.
You have to create your own love in life…
define your own meaning…
and harbor your own inspiration.
Start from your inside…not somewhere else..
start asking yourself questions that lead you further and further outside yourself.
Character and wisdom are sculpted over time.
They come with loss, lessons, and triumphs. They come after doubts, second guesses, and exploring unknowns.
If there were a definitive path to happiness and success, everyone would be on it. The seeds of your progress are planted in your past failures. Your best stories will come from overcoming your greatest struggles. Your praises will come from your pains.
So keep standing, keep learning, and keep living.
A little note of wisdom to myself.
When your fears and anxieties have you looking too deep into things, it creates problems.. it doesn’t fix them.
If you think and you think and you think, you will think yourself right out of happiness a thousand times over, and never once into it.
Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace and potential. And life is too short for that.
It’s always possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems.
In time, the grief..the lessons.. may not go away completely, they never will because the love is too strong, but after a while it’s not so overwhelming. So breathe… You’re going to be OK. Remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and restless and afraid, and you’ve survived.
Take another breath and know that you can survive this time too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and draining, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon they’re going to fade, and when they do you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience.