This week’s list is to list the difficult moments in the past that have shaped your life for the better. Some of these may seem a little strange, so I have tried to add a brief explanation where applicable.
- My Father’s Death: I truly do not believe that I would have went to college or became a writer if my father were still alive. I was the kind of girl who believed her father if he said, “Oh, you can’t do that!” So when he died, I spread my wings a bit and now I know he is looking down on me and cheering me on to do even more.
- My Mother’s Death: When my mom died. I had to learn independence. There was no one to run to like before. I had to learn how to have confidence in my decisions and to plan ahead because any decision I make could have long-term consequences.
- Divorce: I truly believe there are a lot of lessons in a failed marriage, both good and bad.
- Having children: Ask anyone, labor is “difficult” but when you hold your children for the first time, it is the only way you can ever understand your mother’s own love for you.
- Financial trouble: Money troubles are hard, but getting through them shows that you are stronger than you think. It teaches you a thing or two about responsibility and also shows that it takes so much more than money to break you.
- Crisis of faith: This one is very hard…sometimes it is hard to believe in something that offers no concrete proof. Reconciling the spiritual with the physical is often open to interpretation and some years are easier than others. But I’m pretty sure we grow from these experiences and get better with time.
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