Just picture yourself driving down an open freeway. The speed limit is posted at 65mph, but you drive closer to 72mph knowing that you can't get pulled over unless you are at least 10mph over (please don't tell me i'm the only one that thinks that way).The sun is shinning, the sky is blue, your windows are rolled down, belting your favorite song. You pause mid chorus and think to yourself:
"Why don't I have my own CD, I really do have a good voice"...but if someone were to magically push the power button and you heard yourself you would realize why that's more a dream then reality. (You can admit it, we have all had those moments)
All of a sudden you see a rather large, rather bright, yellow speed bump in the middle of the lane. You quickly merge trying to avoid a potential... who knows what (you have never encountered a speed bump randomly emerge in the middle of the freeway). Just as you merge, another appears. Soon they are unavoidable. The only option is to slow down, and go over each individually. Frustrated, you take the next exit. You think through the unanticipated series of events, and decide to take another road and see what lays ahead.
Now you and I both know that this doesn't happen; or at least not in the form of empty roads, cars, and speed bumps. But what does happen is LIFE. Let's be honest, it can be hard sometimes. We all face a variety of challenges and trials. Weather they happen to us personally, to family members, close friends, or even those we barely know, we are affected in some way, shape, or form.
As difficult as times may seem, you can always ask yourself the question: "What can I learn from this".
For some reason I find this question running through my head quite often. Let me clarify. It probably happens in more situations then it should.
While getting dressed the other morning I was thrilled to put on my socks I recently purchased from London, England. My only thought process at that point was how cute they would look with my outfit. As I made it upstairs to head out for the day I realized that I wouldn't be getting any where without my keys which were in my good ole' satchel, located downstairs. Thinking a little cardio wouldn't hurt, I decided to see how fast I could run back down and up the stairs. I don't know if England makes their socks with different material or something, but let's just say after the first step I was no longer on my feet. I laid there imagining how pathetic I just looked. I then burst into laugher thinking to myself, I had just learned the hard way that cardio...down stairs...carpet stairs... in socks... is probably not a very good idea.
Or for a less detailed example: When I was in the shower tonight I reached for the bottle of conditioner to find it empty. What did I learn...not only throw away the empty bottle, but only using shampoo with long, curly hair does not cut it!
Back to the point. Even in the most frustrating, trying, and daunting experiences there is something you can learn. Even if you may not see it right away, it's there. Not only is there, but it will make you stronger. It will give you perspective. You will then be able to relate to others in their trying circumstances. Personally, in my life there seems to be a re-occurring theme
Sometimes it's really hard to keep this perspective. But I know that if I can just keep moving forward, that one day I will be able to stare them in the eye and say THANK YOU for throwing the bricks to help me become the person I am today.
You knocked me down, so I got up
You may have let go of the truth, but I held on tighter
You burnt bridges, so I built them stronger
You told me I couldn't, so I proved that I could
You hurt those I loved, so I loved them more
You thought I was nothing, so I became something
No matter what life may throw at you.
Even if it's just a pair of slippery socks, you can learn to be...