Everyone has their own journey and path to walk on. Sometimes during that journey, some of us experience what we call “rock bottom” or our “lowest possible level”.
Sadly, some of us go through this phase more than once. Many times this makes us feel like failures and as though we are not able to move forward. I, on the contrary, think it only makes us stronger.
Many times our perspective is as dark as the ditch were in, looking down at how deep we are, instead of looking up at the light to find a solution. I don’t think it’s so much about how many times you fall into the pit, but how you challenge yourself in that pit in order for you to crawl out and get ready to face the next pitfall that comes your way.
I always talk about how life is nothing more than a challenge. A challenge that ultimately leads to finding the best version of you. Just like a video game, there are many obstacles and pits for you to fall in. But every time you fall in a pit, you learn how to get out or never fall in there again.
So life operates the same way, getting through each level of life by avoiding these obstructions and deep pits in life. The greatest accomplishment is being able to get yourself out of that pit and level up for the next challenge. Collecting different strengths along the way to help you on the next part of your journey.
Everyone plays this game called life at a different pace. Some unlock the secrets early and are able to advance in strides, while others have to continuously play the same level over and over again until they are able to master that crucial step needed to unlock the next level.
Sometimes, we get so caught up worrying about the next level, that it confuses us in the present one. Then we fall into pits blindly worried about what is not even here yet. I can attest to being in those pits myself plenty of times. They are the times when I have had to challenge myself the most. Trying to find different strategies to help me get out of the hole I fell in or even dug for myself at times.
As I look back at all the pits that I have dug myself out of, I also think about the times that I could have felt sorry for myself and given up. I would have buried myself alive in some of those pits. Through all my experiences, I have come to find out that those pits are there for a reason, and it isn’t for our downfall.
Without those pits, we are never really able to see what we are capable of as humans. We are resilient, courageous, adaptable people. We get a chance to pull that out of ourselves every time we are presented with a challenge. We are able to demonstrate feats that are beyond our understanding.
We were made to conquer this life. Finding the right tools along the way and using them to help advance us in this search for a greater you and me. To continue to level up learning more and more about yourself with each mistake.
Having a mental health disorder can present its own challenges above those that most experience. That doesnt make it impossible. Change applies to everyone. How we reach those next levels is unique to each person’s journey.
We all have what it takes to get ourselves out of our pits. It’s only by making mistakes and hitting our “rock bottoms” that we learn the world around us. The difference is how that experience steers your steps moving forward. Will it help challenge you to keep moving forward? Or will it keep you fixated on the hole that you are in? Make your choice.