10 ways to overcome life's challenges
Before I jump into the good stuff, I should give you a bit of background. When I was 4 years old I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigments, a rare eye disease. Fast forward 10 years to when I was 14, that eye disease stole my sight. As if going blind in grade 8 isn’t enough, I went from being one of the popular girls to being tormented by bullies.
I quickly fell into a deep depression and ultimately, planned my suicide. Six years later I am still here, I got the support I needed and overcame my challenges. I now own my own motivational speaking business and travel the world sharing my story. I want to share 10 of the things that helped me overcome the obstacles in my life, and I hope they help you with yours, whatever they may be. Here are 10 ways to overcome life's challenges:
Realize that it is okay to feel pain, let yourself be sad, angry or any other emotion.
Know that others struggle
So often in life we focus on our own challenges, but remember there is a whole world out there and everyone goes through something. You aren’t as alone as you may feel.
Something I always say to my audiences is that asking for help isn’t failing, but failing to ask for help when you need it is. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support, you’ll find people who are willing to be there.
Asking for help can be hard, and accepting it even harder. Let people in.
My friend Mia Farrow once told me “you can’t look for happiness, you won’t find it that way. Look for someone to help, and happiness will find you.” Now I spend my life helping others by sharing my story and I realize how true that statement is.
Enjoy the small things in life. That hot cup of tea you’ve been dreaming of all day, or when you reach into the pocket of those jeans you haven’t worn in weeks and find $5. The small stuff matters when dealing with big challenges.
Don’t be ashamed of what you’ve been through or what you’re dealing with.
Be proud of all that you’ve lived through. You’ve made it this far in life, and that in itself is an accomplishment!
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