In the last few days, I became aware that life is often characterized as a journey filled with ups and downs, and I can certainly speak for that. Throughout my life, I've faced numerous moments when I found myself on my knees, fighting to persevere, and struggling to keep moving forward.
There were sleepless nights, endless tears, and overwhelming frustration that became familiar companions on my journey. Yet, one thing remains certain: I wouldn't trade any of those experiences for the ease of a smoother path.
My life experiences have taught me a profound truth: everything happens for a reason. Everything happens for me. Through the trials and tribulations, I've been on a journey of forging a better, stronger version of myself, learning that every twist and turn has a purpose.
I've heard the words, "You'll be okay; you're such a strong person," countless times in my life. However, what many don't realize is that behind the facade of strength lies an individual who is incredibly soft and sensitive. It's because of the life events and experiences that I've had to become the toughest and strongest version of myself.
In reality, what I often needed most was someone to say, "I hear you, I feel you." Someone to acknowledge my emotions and feelings, rather than reinforcing the perception of invincibility.
The truth is, there were numerous instances where it seemed that life's challenges could have destroyed me, left me in ruins, drowned me, and shattered me. Yet, I never had the luxury of viewing survival as an option—it was the only choice. It was up to me to rise above my struggles, summon the courage to carry on with an unwavering smile, and employ every resource available.
That doesn't mean there aren't days when getting out of bed is an arduous task, when my smile is elusive, and I question how to conquer the day. Nevertheless, I always find a way, figure it out, and never lose sight of the light.
My life lessons have shown me that the key to unlocking one's greatest potential lies in the fire within, the passion that drives us, and the magic that resides in our souls. Each day, I remind myself to seek joy and pursue happiness, fully aware that these beautiful experiences are always within reach, awaiting my discovery.
In the toughest times, it's the things that truly matter that shine the brightest. These are the things that remain significant during life's most challenging moments.
Nothing happens to you. Everything happens to you. Everything happens from you. Through you. For you. And you can choose what to do with it.