LIFE—it’s gonna hurt. Things I wish I would have known when I was fifteen.

Life is full of never-ending struggles.  The sooner you accept this, the better off you’ll be.  And by acceptance, I don’t mean slump those shoulders and give up.  I mean buck up and face those challenges head on. 

In a recent talk, I heard a man say, “Following the path of least resistance, like a river does as it cuts through the earth, will make you a worthless man (or woman).”  I couldn’t agree more.  Every time you conquer a challenge, whether it be emotional, financial, or physical, you gain valuable strength to your character.  But if you shirk or try to find a shortcut for these challenges, an opportunity for personal growth is sacrificed.  I can assure you from personal experience, it is not until I’m straining under what feels like an insurmountable problem that I discover another reservoir of strength under the bone-dry bottom I thought I had hit. 

Life isn’t only about destinations (goals), but the paths we wade through to get to them.  The ones you work the hardest for, you’ll appreciate the most.

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About janelleevans

I'm a sleep deprived mother of three. I create young adult novels from the voices in my head.
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