The Upside of Challenges
Challenges – how do you view them?
When I was younger, I planned a pretty awesome future for myself, one free of any problems. I saw myself getting an education, landing a good job, driving a safe car, living in a peaceful home and being healthy and stress-free. In this picture of my future I wouldn’t have to deal with the overwhelming stresses I saw so many adults grapple with. No, my life was going to be smooth sailing, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds.
Stability and certainty surrounded this future life. I thought if I planned properly, I would prevent a lot of problems from ever having the chance to sprout in my life.
I believed that all the drama and self-consciousness that I suffered as a kid would magically disappear as I entered into adulthood. I’d never have to experience these things again. I’d no longer have to worry about bullies or fitting in with the right group. My biggest concern would be how I wanted to spend the day.
As I entered my adulthood, things didn’t go exactly as planned. My degree didn’t exactly offer me that easy income I thought all college graduates should gain. In fact, for the years that followed my graduation, I believed someone had to have placed a curse on me because I ran into every possible obstacle along the career path. This drove me to push myself harder and take on not only two, but three jobs to reach this perfect life I had dreamed up in my childhood.
I would get there, and so I kept pushing over those stumbling blocks and charging forward.