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.

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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