At twenty years old, I've had my fair share of life experiences that I've been able to draw inspirations and life lessons from. While some of those experiences were upsetting, heartbreaking or devastating, they happened for a reason. I think that every experience that we go through teaches us a lesson, whether we appreciated it at the time or not. That can be hard to accept, and maybe we don't even need to accept it, but they're always there. As I look back at my life, I realize that every "problem" or struggle that I went though resolved somehow in the end. And I realized it only started becoming resolved because I wanted it to. I decided to make a change, alter the way I was thinking and the way I saw my problem.
When we're younger, we know not to touch a hot object after the first time we burn ourselves. We know if we don't study, we fail a test. Sometimes life goes a little bit harder on us. It's hard to appreciate these painful experiences but without them we wouldn't learn anything and we wouldn't move forward. Now, sometimes life hands us lessons harder than following down in the sand pit. Personally, I've dealt with depression and anxiety since I was a kid. It seems unfair, and tragic but that's just a part of my life; it isn't how I define my life. Now, as I've worked on dealing with these issues, I can look back and realize that those painful experiences helped me develop into the young woman I am today. What would I be if things had come perfectly for me? If I had no troubles in life? Well, I wouldn't have learned anything about who I do and do not want to be and how to work everyday to be that person.
I know that had I not had those tough experiences in my past, I wouldn't be here today, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. My experiences made me stronger, and gave me the desire to go out and help other people, and that is something so important to me.I encourage any of you reading this to think about where you are now. Are you happy with it? Are you disappointed? There's a reason and a cause for everything, and while sometimes we may feel like we're spinning out of control, we do have the power to control how it affects us. Some of us may choose to whine or mope, which sometimes feels like the only logical thing to do; or we can choose to power through it. We can choose to continue trying until we succeed. Sometimes the feeling of trying your best and failing is better than not trying at all.
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