Grip that steering wheel of life, put on your seat belt and push down the accelerator pedal, hard!

Have you ever had the feeling that your life could be compared to sitting in a car driving at top speed going round bends, over bumps and squeezing between other cars yet you don’t feel you even have control of the steering wheel?

This is a feeling that I think we all go through at times. Sometimes the drive is exhilarating, enjoyable and fun, a roof down, and wind in your hair dream drive. Other times, it can be terrifying, painful and you are just waiting for a mighty thump of everything to come crashing down around you.

Almost every person I meet seems to have this look that they are hanging on by their fingernails and if just one thing would work out everything would be okay, it would give them a pause to breath, to possibly enjoy the ride.

The journey we all take is never a single straight road and can be compared to a long distance journey filled with country lanes, motorways and busy city streets. Not forgetting that along this journey there are always bumps in the road, bends that are hard to navigate and more than once you will end up going down a dead end street and have to turn back and start a section all over again.

All these mishaps and challenges often feel like the end of the world or that you feel the road is just doing everything it can to make the journey as difficult as possible. But once we get past those various obstacles we realise there is a difference in how we approach the next challenge, and the next and so on. Looking back down the road we usually tell stories about the bumps in the road and the near misses as anecdotal snippets amongst friends.

Most of the time they will bring a smile to your face as you realise how much you’ve grown, learned and developed. Not always, but sometimes! So take heart where you are on this journey and see how much you’ve travelled as a person. One way or another you have grown so much and no matter what life hurled at you, you just kept moving forward.

So grip that steering wheel of life, put on your seat belt and push down the accelerator pedal, hard! Take on the next challenge with confidence and give it everything you’ve got. Nothing has stopped you, no matter what you have faced, you are here right now in life a better person, so fear nothing, and look down the road to a better, happier you because great things could be waiting just around the corner.

 

 

Let Your Past Make You Better, Not Bitter.

There is not a single person on this planet that at one time or another hasn’t faced difficulties in one-way or another. Sometimes we feel that we are the only ones who are unlucky or that bad things happen to, when in fact when we talk to other people or read other people blogs we realize that everyone has their own troubles. Life is a beautiful struggle and each of us must forge our path through and over every obstacle that we face, no matter how dark the days may seem.

It is in the darkest of nights that we see the stars in the sky and life is no different. When things get bad we see within ourselves our strengths, fears and abilities as well as the friends and family that shine brightly when we need them. I remember reading a quote once that said, ‘If everyone threw their problems into a big pile we would quickly take back our own problems rather than swap them for someone else’s.’ This doesn’t mean that what you are going through or have gone through is difficult, but you know yourself that over the years in your life it is often the most difficult, darkest days that have helped shape the person you are today.

We never usually know where we get the strength to continue, why we are given these tasks or why they seem to be paddling upstream of a raging river against a torrent of troubles. Try not to worry about the why, and focus on the fact that one day you will be past this trouble, one day you be a stronger person for the experience and one day you will have this experience where you will be able to help another friend or even stranger through a difficult time. So if you find yourself today in a darkened street, look ahead and start moving forward, for one day soon the road will brighten and you will meet a person who will thank you for being strong, thank you for being brave and thank you for just being you. The person you’ll meet is the newer version of yourself, a person that I personally would love to meet. That person is not bitter because you were given problems, but rather is a better person because of all you’ve faced.