Roadblocks Aren't The End, But Rather A New Beginning

Roadblocks Are Not The End, They Are New Beginnings

The future is bright if you keep pushing through the hard times.

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Life is not always easy. We all know this. It doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes things happen that don't make sense. They have no rhyme or reason; no logic behind them.

But whether we like it or not, life keeps going on when things go array or don't meet our expectations. What we have to learn is to not let these things bring us down, no matter how hard it is.

These roadblocks are always different. Sometimes they're small and somewhat insignificant. Sometimes they're big life decisions that could have a huge impact on your life and the lives of those around you. No matter what though, it still hurts when they don't work out how you want or imagined.

It's easy to feel discouraged, to feel defeated at times. But it's OK to be disappointed when things don't always work out. That's normal. Sometimes things just suck. The thing to take away from these instances, however, is to not let that disappointment take over, no matter how difficult.

I know for me personally, I am incredibly hard on myself. No one has higher expectations for me than me, which is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it motivates me to push myself and always keep going. While on the other hand, it sometimes leaves me disappointed and upset when things don't match up to what I hoped.

I have struggled with taking those roadblocks as not being good enough. I wonder what I could have done to be enough and then the internal battle ensues. But what I need to do, and am working on, are taking these setbacks, not as an attack on myself, but experiences to learn from.

When you don't get that dream job, or get into your top choice school, or even when you don't get invited to something, it doesn't mean you're not good enough. It means there are better opportunities waiting for you out there. You just have to recognize them.

I have always believed that everything happens for a reason, that there has to be some lesson to be learned, even when it's hard to go through or understand what the point is. Sometimes that seems accurate, sometimes it doesn't. But life is about learning and growing from our experiences.

It's OK to be sad. It's OK to cry when things get tough or don't go how you dreamed they would. It's OK to feel down. But you have to get back up and keep pushing.

We often hear the saying, "God gives us what we can handle." I truly believe that. You are strong. You are tough. You can handle it. No matter how hard it seems or how defeated you feel, it will be OK.

Even though it may be hard at times, I know my future will be bright. I will get through the sad times - those moments when I second guess myself. I am enough and I will be OK. No matter what roadblocks come my way, I will overcome and see the bright future ahead.

And so will you.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.

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People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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