This world can be a funny old place sometimes. Each person has a past, a story, a struggle, a moment of strength. You may not see it now, looking at yourself, but there is always a story, and a strength. People have a tendency, especially women I might add, to compare themselves to other people. My friend X had it so much harder than me, I really shouldn’t complain… There’s always someone worse off right?
But struggle is all so relative. It’s the same as doing a workout. I feel pretty much everything in life can be compared to workouts somehow, that’s what makes them both so brilliant. Friend X may be squatting 100kg, and you may be squatting 60kg, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier for you, that you’re not trying as hard as them, not fighting as much. That doesn’t make you less of a person.
And then, when you’ve achieved that squat.. when you’ve broken through the struggle, the sunshine is so bright. I truly believe, and always will, that our difficulties in life are there to test us. I’m not sure if everything happens for a reason as such, because there are some things that I can see no reason for. But I am certain that we can all endeavour to learn something from all we have been through. From the worst moments in life you can learn something, perhaps something about yourself, that will later help you excel and sour onto greater things. Even in the most painful times you can build strength, ready for the future.
I can’t help but notice that each healthy living blogger typically has their own story. They have experienced their own struggle, with disordered eating, anorexia, binge eating, or something else personal that maybe they don’t want to share… And it is that struggle that makes them see how wonderful it is to feel amazing. Maybe that’s what compels so many of us to right about this lifestyle, we can truly appreciate how wonderful it is. And that wonderful feels so much better when it’s coming from a place of difficulty. Just like how squatting that 60kg will feel even better if before you couldn’t even do an air squat. Just like how the sunshine feels even warmer and the end of a long, cold winter.
So next time you find yourself in a moment of darkness, try and take a second and remember the strength you are building, and the sunshine that’s coming…
Just some thoughts today, out loud style.