People tell you that things happen for a reason, often when the situation lacks any reason at all. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about life and it’s challenges. The way I see it is that you live, you love, you often lose but then you continue to find a way to pick up the broken pieces or smooth the edges again in order to live again. You find a way to see through the pain and almost catalogue it in such a mindful way. You acknowledge it is there and name its rightful place there because you’re experiencing it as a pretty much direct result of so much happiness and joy, then you let it settle where it needs to go and you learn to cope alongside it. You never let go of it completely, it’s always there but it becomes a part of the beautiful technicolor make up of your life.
Life is a challenge and at times I think even the most normal and strong people have a wobble and feel quite hopeless. I am privileged to work with young people across the country who often have a heck of a battle to contend with but the important thing for them, and anyone else who is struggling, is to remember that you have indeed survived 100% of your struggles so far. You will get to a point in your life where you will be able to look back on the tough parts and see that you did indeed hurt or suffer but the pain did end.
Half the battle, in my opinion, is being able to let go and accept the things in life we cannot change as I think often it gets us stuck in a place of trying to change them which can ultimately make it feel worse. So I guess I’ll be trying to use my mindfulness and acceptance skills in my life a little more and see if it helps free up some of my thinking time to spend living.