There are times when life will hit you hard. Make you fall to your knees. Make you question yourself. It is your response to these moments that will shape the rest of your life.
When life does not go our way, our usual response is to shut down, give up, and throw in the towel. What we fail to realize is that it is in these “bad times” that we have the opportunity to grow stronger. If it was a mistake you made, you can learn from it so that it never happens again. If it was something that was out of your control, you suck it up and are now better prepared if the same problem should arise in the future.
It has been said many times that “it’s not about how many times you fall down, it’s about how many times you get back up,” and this is exactly right. Do not dwell on the hard times or pity yourself. This does absolutely no good. Get back up, stand tall and remember that through it all, you’ve lived to see another day. There is no greater gift than life itself.
If you do it right, you will become a better person. You will realize that everything happens for a reason. The challenge is figuring out what that reason is.
So the next time life hits you hard, you know how to respond. Take control of your life. No one should be in charge but you.
Do what you gotta do.