Before going to college, I heard all the stories about being a flat broke college student and living off of ramen noodles and boxed Mac and Cheese. In a weird way I looked forward to finally getting to live out the stereotype of being a hardworking twenty-something struggling to make my mark on this world while studying my passion.
Seeing so many successful people who have already found their way in life can sometimes cause you to forget that they had to struggle to get to where they are today. I have yet to find one person who has found success without overcoming some sort of obstacle or adversity. It’s important for me to reflect on this because today, as a college student, I was feeling at my lowest.
Everything that could have possibly gone wrong did. I was getting hit with financial obstacle after obstacle and I simply did not know what to do. As I found myself walking to my car, on the verge of tears, I had to stop, breathe, and gather my thoughts. Yes, this is a tough time in my life, but how can I find a way to fix it? How can I change the way I’m seeing this negative situation so that I can learn from it and make it into a positive? In short, how can I turn my lows into highs?
While sitting down and contemplating this, I came up with a few reminders to help me pull myself up whenever I’m feeling at my lowest points.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”
Like I mentioned earlier, there haven’t been many successes that began with triumphs. Just read any story of someone you find successful or inspiring, I’m sure they have had their own issues or negative experiences that they had to overcome in order to progress.
Focus on the positive
When something negative happens, it’s easy to forget about all of the good happening at the same time. Instead of allowing myself to be overwhelmed by every negative obstacle, I decided to take time and think about all the positive things in my life. Taking a moment and remembering what I’m happy to have, can make the negative things seem that much smaller. I have to always remind myself that things can always be worse than they are.
Change your perception
Instead of dwelling on your lows, find a way to see them as an opportunity for growth. Lows are tough, they test us, but every low point in life can be a learning experience to prepare us for whatever great future is in store. After all, experiencing the lows in life make the highs that much better.