Life has its hardships-- it's not a cliche, it's just the truth. We all have something we have to go through, and we all have moments where we learn how to cope through these things. They happen, and from there it's a matter of how to deal with it-- not whether it's unfair, not even how to fix it, just how to deal with it.
I have taken on the concept of living in the moment, and in the face of adversity taking things one thing at time.
Sometimes you're in a situation you feel like you'll never get out of-- you're away from someone you love and you feel like the days apart will never end; you're on a strenuous hike and you feel like you'll never reach your destination. Sometimes fear sets in and messes with your determined mindset-- you're writing a story but can't seem to finish it; you're painting a picture but don't know how it will turn out; you have a monologue in a play but find that there are too many words to memorize. That's when you have to take it one thing at a time-- one day at a time, one step at time, one page at a time, one stroke at a time, one line at a time. Focus on the now of that day, step, stroke, and you'll find yourself moving forward.
And sometimes we're able to move forward not because we want to, but because we have to. You have to get through those days apart because there's no physical way of you coming to that person any sooner. You have to finish that hike because that's the only way back to your car. You have to finish that monologue because you're on stage and the show must go on. At times we don't have a choice in the matter, and in those times we can move forward without realizing it-- you may feel like you can't take another step, you can't handle another day, you can't utter another line-- but you do. Something in your mind and body takes over and you accomplish the task because you have to.
It's a weird metaphor, but I sometimes think what it's like when giving birth. Women give birth everyday. I can about imagine it is about the most terrifying thing ever, and when you first go into labor you must be scared out of your wits about what's to come-- but there's no fighting it. You just have to suck it up and push that baby out of you. I can bet that the physical labor is not something women want to do-- but they do it because they have to. They go through this painful tough time because they have to in order to get through it, in order for it to end. And once it does, look at what you have--a baby, what you've been waiting for for nine months, maybe longer. And then somehow, now that it's over, it was worth it.
You finished the painting, the story, the monologue. You reached your destination at the end of the hike; the day arrived that you reunite with your loved one. You pushed that baby out of you. And what an accomplishment, to go through that and come out realizing that it was all worth it.
So take things one step at a time, and with the right outlook on life, you'll realize that adversity is just a part of life, and that contentedness is soon to follow. Just push out that metaphorical (or I guess it could be literal) baby.
|Life is a journey. Okay, this is just a cool picture I took an edited, and I'm just trying to tie it together.|