Life is the greatest journey you’ll ever go on

I remember being in my downstairs toilet as a little kid. There’s a picture in a frame, that reads “life’s the greatest journey you’ll ever go on”. Not sure who put it there, probably my mum. I used to look at it as a child, not really understanding what it meant. I think it’s still there to this day, only now I’m the ripe old age of 20, and I’m starting to get it.

The more you experience, the more you’ll grasp the concept. The more you realise it’s not all just plain sailing. Since crossing paths with mental health, I’ve realised that, everyday life changes, going out and drinking with your mates or getting up in the morning is a struggle. Now I get it, now I get why it’s this crazy journey. Obstacles are thrown our way, some bigger than others. Stuff passes in a day, some stuff may take years to get by. But that’s what makes life what it is, a series of peaks and troughs, without the troughs we would struggle to enjoy the peaks.

So as I sit here and write this trying to climb probably one of the toughest obstacles I’ve ever faced, for what’s felt like the last year, and what will probably take another year. I ask you all to step back and realise it’s creating you, making you who you’re meant to be, a better human. Some day you’ll get to the other side, if it’s next week, or in five years time. You’ll still get through it. Have the patience and the hope, it’s when all hope is lost, you need to step back and realise this will make you stronger in the long run.

People that haven’t faced obstacles yet will struggle to understand this article, the people that have – I hope you understand what I mean. No matter what age, 15 or 50. Remember it’s a journey, not a 90 year stint of peaks.

Remember success is about how many tough conversations you’re willing to have. How willing you are to step outside that comfort zone of yours and put yourself in situations that are only going to make you grow. Imagine getting to 70 and looking back having stayed in your comfort zone your entire life, some people are content with that, and that’s cool. We all want different things.

We can, however, prepare ourselves for these obstacles. We can reduce the brutality of an obstacle, and make it just that little bit easier to get by. But I’ll leave that for another article, if anyone wants to hear it?

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw