Reposted from iamthatgirl.com
By: Amaranthia Gittens-Jones, Guest Blogger
“Great character is forged through hardships.” -Eiji Yoshikawa (1892 – 1962)
People always thank their triumphs, but seldom thank their obstacles. If we didn’t have obstacles, we wouldn’t learn lessons that could propel us forward. One of my favorite quotes is something along the lines of “when you run into an obstacle, think of yourself as a bow and arrow. In order for the arrow to hit its target, it has to be pulled backwards so it can be shot in its goal.” To reach an aspiration, you might be held back, but eventually you’ll get to where you want to be if you keep trying.
Always push through obstacles by remaining optimistic. Having a cynical outlook won’t get you anywhere. Constantly putting yourself down and letting negative voices fill your head decreases your self-esteem. Be self-assured while confronting obstacles. Stand strong and keep pushing at walls until they crumble.
I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition in 2013 after seven years of bullying. Teachers at school would scarcely do anything to resolve it. I tried to construct an anti-bullying campaign, but teachers and students rejected it. I left school for good, a week early in June 2013, after becoming ill and stressed. In August 2013 I tested positive with an auto-immune condition and further tests were planned to clarify a number of other health issues. My health issues were directly linked to seven years of trauma from bullying. I worked hard to take charge of my health with the support of parents and doctors….☀️😊
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