Obstacles In Life
In life, it is a given that you will face obstacles in almost every aspect of life. Some people will see these obstacles as a challenge, and rise to surpass them. Others, will be crippled by these obstacles, and feel that they are unable to get past them by conventional means. If you think about it, almost everyone can be grouped into one of these two categories, yes there are outliers, yes there are many that don’t fit into any category, but most do. You either try and succeed, or try and fail. I belong to the latter, having faced many obstacles in such a short time in my life, and surpassing almost none of them. I am not proud of this fact, nor do I think that I am embellishing when I say that I have failed for the majority of my short life.
For the longest time, I let these failures define who I was. Always saying that I find a way around obstacles rather than overcome them. Yet I neither found ways around, or overcame these obstacles. Instead I gave up, and looked for something else that I could try to succeed at. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you know that I love to talk about success and failure. As if they are the most important things in life. To me, they are. I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, just show you how not to go the same route as I have. I have made many mistakes in my life, yet I live without regret. The way I do this, is by realizing that I cannot change what has happened in the past, no matter what I do. What I can do, is take the experience I have gained from these mistakes and share them with all of you.
I had once had an advisor in college that told me that I would never achieve anything. That I would never get a respectable job because my grades were sub 3.0. This advisor was one of the main reasons I had a mental breakdown at school, ultimately causing me to leave college. This advisor was an enormous obstacle for me, and still is. Every time I want to try and advance my life, I hear his voice in my head. I know that I’ve taken his words too much to heart, but that’s the way I am. Regardless, I want to tell you that we may have a rougher time in life due to our mental illnesses; but that doesn’t mean that we are lost causes. We are probably some of the brightest and kindest people, with the most potential. We don’t realize this because our mental illnesses lie to us, telling us we’re worthless. That’s just not true, we just need to put in extra work for our full potential to be realized. I know that I can do it, and I know that you can too. So don’t let obstacles stand in your way, because we are more resourceful than we think. We always find a way to thrive.