Why Do We Suffer?

There’s a saying that’s been passed down from my grandfather to my father and from him to me. “Through adversity comes character.” Three generations of my bloodline have seen this to be true. My grandfather was an immigrant from India and fought against real discrimination to become successful.

My father lost a parent at the age of 11 and faced unimaginable hardships — still he was able to become successful. I asked him — how did you keep going through those hard times? He said — you keep your head down, your mouth shut and you let the hard work make the noise for you.

From studying these men I admire I’ve realised something extraordinary — tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Being tough doesn’t mean being physically dominant — rather it means having substance. Being made of something that makes you resilient in times of stress.

I think we all have our dark days, but if we allow them to get the better of us and dictate our present day — we miss out on life. We miss out on achieving our goals because we’re caught up in the whirlwind of memories & feelings that accompany those hard times.

Having gone through some storms myself I’ve noticed the character I’ve developed through the process. Minor things that used to annoy me no longer phase me, I’m more driven to succeed in anything I choose to do and I don’t make time for anything that doesn’t serve my purpose on the planet.

If you have suffered, as many of us have, I’d like to remind you that you are here — you are alive right now. You didn’t die, you didn’t fade away into nothing and you didn’t stop breathing. That means you have an opportunity to do something you love today — don’t waste it.

Through adversity comes character — don’t let your suffering be in vain.

Peace & positive vibes.