The darkness can be terrifying. In the dark we panic, not knowing what’s in front or what’s behind. We stumble, we fall and clamour for a way out – any way out. It doesn’t matter where it leads; we just know that we need to get out of the darkness and into the light. The light is familiar, it’s easy to see there.
But there’s something to be learned from being in dark places. If you have the courage to stand there long enough your eyes will start to adjust to the darkness, your body and mind will always adjust to more suffering, to more pain.
If you want to push through you must recognise that your mind quits easily, long before you’ve reached your limit. You’ve got to be willing to go deep into that darkness and find more of yourself.
Everyone gets knocked down by life at some point. We all experience pain and suffering; be it physical or mental.
The more time spent in darkness the easier it gets and the less things start to terrify you. Pain is part of the journey, it’s a part of life. Don’t just live through it; instead grow through it.
As Jocko Willink says; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but you have to choose to get stronger. It doesn’t just happen on it’s own.
It’s during those tough moments, when you’ve been beaten and bruised by life that you have to find a way to get back up, to defy the pain and make something of it.
We all encounter dark times in our life when we want to just give up. You may be asking “why did this happen to me?” Life can be hard and it can be painful. But some of our biggest breakthroughs can come from those moments of darkness.
Use that darkness to drive you, to push you further than you ever thought possible. Don’t avoid the darkness, choose to embrace it.
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