Getting Over The Hurdles

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The last several years it seems like no matter what is going on in my life or where I’d like to see myself, there are always obstacles to overcome … some of them little ones and some quite large.  Nothing seems to be easy.  There is always drama, and everything seems to be harder than it should be.  The really happy and enjoyable moments are few and far between.  Despite all of that, I still try to look at all of the obstacles as hurdles that I can get over, or maybe around, and not as permanent set-backs.

It really does feel like I am running hurdles sometimes where I just about get over one hurdle and there’s the next one right in front of me, but I am determined to keep going.  Sometimes it seems like I will never get to the end of the race either, because nothing that I would like to see change for the better ever changes, but I still keep going.  It’s the only way to get closer to the finish line, and I am determined to get there.  I know it’s going to feel so good once I finally get there, and that’s my motivation.

It does take an awful lot of patience, especially when there is not much relief, but having a positive attitude whenever possible, trying to focus on the positives and what I can be grateful for, having hope that things will all work out in the long run, and the support of my friends and family keep me going.  They are my cheering section.  I get boosts of energy whenever they can make me laugh or anytime something positive happens, whether it is an obstacle I overcame or not.  Finding humor in any situation helps fuel me as well.

Obviously, life would be much more enjoyable and fun if there were fewer hurdles always in my path, but they are there for a reason.  I keep telling myself that if I couldn’t handle all the obstacles, then they wouldn’t have been put in front of me, and I look at many of them as an opportunity for growth.  It’s dealing with the difficult things in life that makes us think about what’s important in life, what we want out of life, what we appreciate in our lives, what we might need to change about ourselves, and so many other things.  Sometimes we even realize things about ourselves that we wouldn’t have otherwise.  If anyone said to me a couple years ago that I would be writing blog posts in the near future, I would have said they were crazy.  But I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on writing about things I have had to endure and what they have made me think about, and sharing my thoughts on these topics has opened the door for conversations about these things with certain people that I would not have had otherwise.

There’s no time for looking back.  We just have to keep at it and not give up before we can reap the rewards of our hard work and determination to succeed or improve a situation.  And we can’t let all the obstacles prevent us from moving forward.  After all, “Life’s problems wouldn’t be called ‘hurdles’ if there was no way to get over them.”

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