Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to do something you didn’t want to. If you’ve ever been a situation that you just wanted run away from, never to return. If you’ve daydreamed of screaming “BUT, I DON’T WANNA,” falling out like a toddler who got crackers, instead of cookies for snack time. We’ve all been there and it sucks. However, in the midst of the annoyance and audacity of life bringing you lemons, you can make the proverbial lemonade. These types of experiences are exactly what you need to grow.
Life is set up in such a way that certain events, especially the ones that bring the most angst, happen for seemingly no reason at all; that is until the “why” finally reveals itself. The reason we go through what we do is the silver lining amid the clouds. The “why” is why we must begin to embrace the pain that comes with difficult situations and use it for motivation to get through it, learn the lesson and move on.
One of my favorite, now infamous quotes from the movie Forrest Gump is “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Isn’t this is truth? So, why not grab each experience with gusto, get through them with grace, and extract the lesson, knowing it will be used in the future? Heck, the lesson might be “I’m never doing that again,” and that’s fine. Sometimes it’s more about knowing what you don’t want, more than what you do want. Either way, take a breath, regain your footing, get up and just do it.