Find joy in your challenges

Every one of us has challenges in their life, physical, emotional, mental. They are there to teach us something, to keep us focused on our one task, the goal in this lifetime. Most people, however, see their challenges as a weakness and don’t take the opportunity for growth that is encapsulated in them.

I will give you an example from my own life to show what I mean with that. When I started to get chronic pain, I got mad, really really mad at my body. I felt betrayed by my own body, and pain cycles usually meant me getting really depressed, and having a hard time fighting myself out of the dark pit.

Then I started to change. I began to do things that benefit my body, culminating in starting my yoga practice 1.5 years ago.

I’m not there yet, not by a long shot. I still have difficulty dealing with situations where I am faced with two challenges at once, but, I am getting there.

But I no longer see my specific challenges as a weakness. I see them as a sign that I need to slow down, to start living in the moment, to enjoy what I can do even in my physical situation. It’s also a sign that I should stop living in my head, and just breathe in, breathe out. Usually, after I get out of a spiral like this, I “suddenly” have a lot of ideas for a story, or I produce a lot of paintings, or I have learned something new by reading a book that was on my TBR pile.

I turned my challenge into a strength, by utilizing the quiet time it gives me. And yes, even days where I sit down and only watch tv are days well spent for me. Because those are days I didn’t give in to my usual fall back method for pain flares: eating.

And I know, one of the most annoying things you can hear when you are off in the deep end is that other people have it too, and they are making something of their life or they are doing things or they are… Well, I have no doubt you can fill in the blanks.

I just want to show you that even in the hardest challenges you can find joy, even in the deepest darkness, there’s always a light. Just open yourself up to the possibilities your challenges offer you. Because, in truth, challenges are a chance for growth. And by writing this post, I have taken the chance and turned it into something that hopefully inspires others.

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