I found this lovely article during my preparation for the finals a couple of months ago. I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.
Embracing the struggle doesn’t mean you should enjoy struggling. It means to learn from the struggle. So often we don’t learn from what we are going through nor do we take the time to enjoy what we have because we are too busy hoping for what we don’t have. Therefore, at every moment of our lives we are ignoring the present and always longing for a better future, not realizing that we are draining the power from the present moment.
I always picture the journey to success as climbing a mountain. When you think about it, you realize that all the lessons are in the climb. It’s in the climb where your best friends are made. It’s in the climb where your strength is built and your character is formed. It’s in the climb where you must appreciate every step you take. No matter how small the surface, you appreciate that you are on solid ground.
So as you are longing for a better future, whatever it may be, don’t forget to value the climb. Learn the lessons life is trying to teach you, both the bitter and the sweet. Allow each obstacle to build strength and character because it’s in the moments of adversity when that will be revealed. Learn how to be hungry for more, but also content with what you already have. This is the point in your life when you will find complete balance and pure happiness.
– Tony Gaskins Jr.