I turned 30 last February. Looking back, I can count at least 30 times in which I was knocked down, got rejected, felt lost, failed, disappointed, stressed, and weary. But reflecting on those moments of struggle, they are my biggest life lessons.
Life is a long, tiring and difficult journey. Life will always be ahead of us, surprising and fluctuating. We have to keep on anticipating, working and improving in order to be as prepared as possible for what life may bring us.
At times, the fight is unexpected and it comes in different shapes. So even if we consider ourselves to be strong, we might get knocked down for life is stronger and capable of leaving its mark – later turning into a scar.
WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, MAKES YOU STRONGER! When we’re down, it’s legitimate and advised to relate to our emotions; whether through crying and shouting our lungs out at the beach or sharing our feelings with a beloved one. But, we mustn’t get stuck in that phase, we should pause for a moment and think “That was an empowering lesson, thanks life, looking forwards for the next one”.
Even in the worst situations, a silver lining is seen and there’s always a lesson to be learned. The key is to remind ourselves that no matter what happens, we are capable of moving on, gaining back our strength, restoring our belief in a brighter day. Never give up just because you had a hard time or lost a battle. Losing battles is inevitable and failing is an integral part of achieving your goals and fulfilling your dreams.
Surround yourself with supportive people and allow them to help you regain your strength so you get back on your feet, stronger and happier and always remember: “pain is part of life, but suffering is optional”: feel the pain but don’t suffer, express your emotions and develop strong resilience.
Life is an amazing learning experience charged with endless battles. Don’t be afraid of falling and getting hurt. Fall, feel the pain, stand up and fight!
Special thanks boxing trainer Biva Byvins