Turning struggle into Freedom
Struggle is a part of life.
We are all struggling in some form or fashion.
No job, low paying job, unfulfilling job, jobaholics...
Too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, too much booty, not enough booty...
Too white, Too black... Too obscure, Too fameous... Too quit, Too loud..
A lot of It has to do with your perspective on perfection.
Fat people think they are too fat. Skinny people think they are too skinny. And in between the too, perfection is an impossible goal. Instead of being happy with where you are, and excited about working hard to keep improving yourself every day for the rest of your life, you spend It worried or anxious about measuring up to what other people think.
But it’s the moment that you choose yourself — allowing yourself to be who you want to be and ignoring everything else — the struggle fades away.
It’s still there, It always is and will be (part of being human) but It disappears because your focus is elsewhere — living a life that aligns with you.
In my mind, the goal should necessarily be to remove the struggle, but to view It in a different way. If you think about It, struggle is just the negative form of challenge. It’s believing that the struggle will never change, and that you’ll be stuck in the same day, living your own version of Groundhog Day over and over again. A silly rabbit who always fall for the same old tricks. Same town, different age.
That’s one way to live.
Another way is seeing problems as CHALLENGES instead of struggle. Challenge is your opportunity to go from one state to another. From underdog to king of the world. From no job to an incredible career.
One way is a dead end, the other is a road to freedom.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
And wherever you are, keep smiling :)
— Josh Waggoner