People see you at various points of success within your life, but very few people see you in the midst of the process. They see you as you enter into a challenge and many times won’t see you again until you are exiting that challenge. All of the tears, late nights, self-doubt, and conversations of quitting are not put on a display for the world to see. Based on the images of the beginning and the end, many people assume that you have something special about you that others may not have. Despite this perception and misconception, the only thing that makes me different from the next person is that I went through what I had to go through to get where I wanted to be.
Many times people ask for something and as they enter onto the path to get what they asked for, they self-destruct. People turn around to go back to their comfort zone at the first sight of handwork, adversity, or stress. Every person that is extremely successful today had to go through some dark moments. Even those who we think woke up and had it all, still had to endure life to get to a place of peace, joy, or love. We measure the success and happiness of others based on the materials that they possess instead of the characteristics that they have obtained.
I try to be as open as possible on here to share that this process is not always pretty. Many times you try to smile through the pain, but it becomes overwhelming. I am not perfect, my life is not perfect, and I am not done going through rough times because life will not stop because you remain stagnant. Although I am in a happy place right now, this place has come with its own set of challenges and sacrifices. I have wanted to turn back and return to my comfort zone, but my calling and my amazing support system has forced me to push through.
If you are truly yielding to your internal instinct and living life to the fullest, you are going to have to endure some painful moments. You can never prepare for these moments, but you have to believe that they will pass. If you get stuck in the middle of your journey, because you feel that your current state is your future state, then you will never make it to your next destination. We assume that life will wait on us, but know that if a seed is placed in your life and you do not care for it, God will take that same seed and sow it into someone else’s life.
What I had to go through may not be what you had to go through, but we both had to go through something. As we fight through this life to get to the next level, build people up as they navigate through their journey. When you tear another person down when they are struggling to get to the next level, you are only removing the rungs from your own ladder and hindering your own progress. You may never see what I go through, but just know that I had to go through some things to get where I am.
This thing is bigger than me and because I am only a piece of the bigger picture I must remain diligent and steadfast. Don’t focus on everyone’s picture perfect beginning and end, respect that there was a process even if you did not see it. Don’t criticize what others have when those are the exact things that you want. Get off of the side lines spectating at everyone else’s success and do what you have been called to do.
Your success is waiting on you. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.