It's Not Necessarily A 'Problem' When Bad Things Happen To Good People, It's Just Part Of Life

It's Not Necessarily A 'Problem' When Bad Things Happen To Good People, It's Just Part Of Life

Remember to keep climbing, no matter how tall the ladder is.

Why do bad things happen to good people?

This is something that I have thought a lot about, especially recently. Whether I’ve felt a situation has been applicable to me or have witnessed others face a similar struggle, it’s always tough to understand this. I recently saw a friend in a similar place I was in when I was in her shoes a year ago, and it shocked me how normal and valid I thought her feelings were. I was looking at the situation from the outside in, and my perspective was a total 180 from what it was when it was me a year ago.

Only with time do we really get to fully appreciate why things happen the way they do and when they do. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that the universe has a way of working things out. Bad things, amongst the good, happen to everyone, regardless of the type of person you are.

As an almost 20-year old, however, I’ve found that sometimes it can be hard to think outside of the “now.”

When you’re younger, things happen faster and seem way more intense. We tend to not see the big picture and focus only on how impactful the situation is at the time. Sometimes it feels like there is no way out, no other option, and no way that we will be able to recover from whatever is going on.

But, I’ve realized that, especially during your college years, you grow and change every single year. I’m not the same person that I was freshman year. Now a year later, I am still learning so much about myself, others, and the world around me.

Ultimately, I think that after we are no longer kids, we start to face struggles that are going to teach us lessons we’ll need for the rest of our lives. As a kid, you’re so oblivious to situations and it’s hard to understand the severity of situations and their consequences. As you get older, you get closer to figuring life out. But, I really don’t think anyone will ever figure out life. As one challenge is conquered, the next one appears. The growing never stops.

So, after facing challenges of my own and witnessing others face theirs, I’ll advise you to always think about the last challenge you faced. How did you overcome that one? What did that teach you? You’ll get through this one too, now knowing more than you did the last time around. You’ll overcome the next one and the one after that too.

These "bad things" that happen to good people aren't problems, rather they are steps in the ladder of life. So, remember to keep climbing no matter how tall the ladder is.

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Dear Whoever,

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I want you to know that you are worth it! You are more than worth it and that you should never give up on your dreams. Dreams are what keep us alive and keep us inspired to push on through the hard days. I know how tough it can become to keep going, believe me I know. But I want you to push on through. I hope all is well with you currently, but if not, it will get better. I know that sometimes hope is all we have carrying us, but hope will win. I know things will get better, and there is no doubt in my mind that you will not make it through.

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All the best,


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