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  • Writer's pictureSean Hoggard

Weathering the Storm

There is a guarantee that everyone will fall upon hard times at some point in their lives on many occasions. Sometimes, the hard times keep coming with no end in sight. In life, you must take the good with the bad. “When it rains, it pours.” I have heard this quote all of the time. One of my favorite quotes is, “Tough times don’t last; tough people do.” I love this quote because it is the ultimate truth. Tough times will eventually go away. You have to weather the storm!! During this period, it is essential to keep your head up, have a positive mindset, and use your goal of getting on the other side of your problem as motivation. Tough people overcome tough times and come out stronger in the end.

How we deal mentally, emotionally, and physically with troubling times is critical. Without a proper way to manage the stress, depression, and anxiety that come with hard times and all that comes with it, People tend to turn to harmful activities such as smoking, drinking, lashing out in anger or depression, suffering anxiety attacks, and more. I have seen this with my own eyes and throughout my life. On the other hand, in some cases, hard times make others rise to the challenge and excel when the times get rough. When an individual takes on hard times and appropriately deals with them, it is more likely to lift that individual’s confidence and set that person up for the future when hard times come lurking. Due to this, that person will build up their discipline and learn how to handle the next difficult time that comes their way.

Why do some people act the way they act during challenging times? I have a few reasons that come to mind. One reason is generational curses. One may not know better how to react in a storm because all they know and see is the unhealthy methods by key figures in an individual’s life. I am a victim of this. I have picked up bad habits from family and friends dealing with hard times and all that come with it because I was a product of my environment. How can someone teach you something they do not know?

Some people are afraid to ask for help, so they suffer silently, fearing vulnerability. On the other hand, I can use these same reasons in reverse. Individuals can see others around them react to difficult times more healthier and positively and imitate that.

We have to train ourselves to thrive when those hard times come. Everyone in the world is going to go through a storm. There will always be someone doing better and worse than you are. We must be thankful during these times because we learn life lessons from these experiences. There will always be things that we cannot change or control, but understanding that is key. We can change and hold ourselves accountable and how we react when going through that storm.

Weather the storm! When it rains, it pours but put up that umbrella. Block those distractions and haters. When times get rough, have that something that you can turn to that will be beneficial or take your mind off the troubling times for the moment. Come back with a clear mind if needed. Whoever is reading this, you are such a strong person. You deserve to be the best version of yourself; these tough times do not define you, but how you deal with them does.

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