I truly feel bad for people that have it easy in life. I feel bad for young people that get everything they want and everything is handed to them. I feel bad for these people because an easy life is truly a boring life. An easy life means you are probably the same person today that you were yesterday. In the short term, comfortable and easy is great, however in the long term it truly is the enemy to your potential as a human being. I remember pounding my steering wheel after probably the fifth interview I blew back in 2013 after dropping out of college only a few months earlier. I remember getting back to my apartment that I could barely afford screaming at the top of my lungs, yelling words my mom wouldn’t be proud of, frustrated because I could not catch a break. I was determined to succeed, to prove the world wrong, and here I was failing miserably. Things weren’t easy, two meals a day, one of which was guaranteed to be peanut butter and jelly, scraping by to pay my bills, (many of you have probably experienced this before). Things sucked.
I never asked my parents for money even though they probably would have given me some. I figured out a way to make it work, to persevere. I remember having $30 to my name to last me to the next Friday. I took a picture of my bank account and said a year from now things will be different. I remember asking my sister if I could work at the country club she worked at for the evening to make some extra money and she said no. So what did I do next, I called her boss and asked to work. An hour later I get a call back from her boss saying I could come in and work. I could have called my parents and asked for the $70 I made that night instead I chose to make something happen. There are many people that have had it worse and made it. In hindsight my situation wasn’t all that bad, however it was a type of adversity that I had never experienced before.
Looking back, I am thankful for that adversity. I am thankful that my parents taught me to keep going even when it gets tough because that experience made me a part of who I am today. Nothing was handed to me. My family didn’t have the connections I needed to get where I wanted to go and quite honestly I am damn thankful they didn’t because if they did I wouldn’t have experienced that adversity. I had to get out there and do what was hard. However, I wouldn’t have gone through that if earlier on in my life everything was handed to me. I had to drive an hour to and from soccer practice 4-5 days a week. I had to fight for respect as a player. I had to work my ass off to get everywhere I have ever gotten. If thats the same for you, quit complaining, and start being thankful because you now have an incredible opportunity to become everything you were created to be.
Heres the beauty of becoming who you were created to be, you now have something to give. You now have the platform to make the world a better place. You now have the platform to help someone. Embrace adversity. Stop wanting easy. Stop wanting comfortable. When adversity hits, embrace it and harness it into strength. If you’ve had it easy in life, find a way to choose adversity. It is truly the only way to become who you were created to be. Easy has never made someone better. Comfortable has never made someone better. Challenge and adversity is the only thing that has ever made someone better.
So learn to love the challenge. Learn to love the uncomfortable. Learn to love proving to yourself that you can do it. Choose to do whats hard because if you choose to do whats hard now your life will become easy however if you choose to do whats easy now your life will become hard. Its the fight that makes you better. Its the pursuit that strengthens you. Its adversity that makes you into the person you were created to be.
-Professional Encourager and Uplifter