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It might not make sense now but . . .

Woman sad with her hand on her head sitting on table with coffee cup
Photo by Anh Nguyen

It will.

Sometimes, the most challenging experiences can bring about the least pleasant emotions:

  • Confusion

  • Frustration

  • Lack of Confidence

  • Discouragement

  • Feeling Overwhelmed

Yet, it is these experiences that are stretching your capacity, your ability to grow and go further than you would before these challenges.

Let's take a look at a rubber-band or slingshot. When a rubber-band or slingshot are in their normal state, they are malleable, loose and relaxed. When stretched, they are tight almost at the point of breaking; however, in this state, they gain their greatest ability to propel further when released.

Person Flinging a Rubber Band
Photo by NeONBRAND

Sometimes it feels as if you are stretched to the point of breaking and beforehand, you may have been in a place where you were comfortable and relaxed.

But anyone who's done anything worthy in society will remind you that those who achieve, have embraced being comfortable in the uncomfortable, being stretched but poised and not letting up because it was tough.

"You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages."

~Michael Obama, First African American U.S. First Lady

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands times of challenge and controversy."

~Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Winning Civil Rights Activist

"When I was in the White House, I was confronted with the challenge of the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and I had 30,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy the entire Earth, and I had to maintain the peace."

~Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President

"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher

Sad guy in a field

So you may not understand why the class may seem so out of your league.

You may not understand why the relationship and communication breakdowns seem to pile up.

You may not comprehend why the job applications are getting denied when you are more than qualified.

You may not like the feeling of the unknown, the uncomfortable and being stretched in every facet or form.

Just know that even when it doesn't make sense now, soon … it will.

Embrace the now, and the possibilities will explain later.


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