If you’re anything like me, there have probably been several situations in your life where you thought you wouldn’t cope. You wouldn’t come out the other side. I remember coming to Australia as a fresh-faced 21-year-old. Within the first month, I faced a number of setbacks including homesickness, finding the wrong place to live, and realising I might not actually have enough points to migrate as a skilled migrant. For an anxious person, all those together is equivalent to facing death. Fortunately, I stuck it out and faced these situations. Some things changed such as the migration requirements. Other things I took in my own hands, such as my living situation. It opened me up to some really good friendships and convenience for the next three years of university life.
In a similar vein, when my first long-term relationship ended some years ago, I didn’t know if I’d cope. For some months, I kinda didn’t. I became a workaholic and focussed on my fitness. But then, a dear friend leaving left me with two options: stay in my comfort zone and be lonely or get out of my comfort zone and meet people. What I thought was an impossible and scary situation turned out to be the best thing ever. Sure, I still missed my friend but I moved on from the relationship, met new friends, and became so much more confident than I’d ever been.
I am in a situation now that seems a bit like those. Having ended a relationship almost four months ago, being in a place where I have had to make new friends again, dealing with tough times at work — all seem difficult. Part of me feels like giving it all up and running away to a tiny seaside town and hiding under the blankets. I don’t know what that would achieve but it has crossed my mind.
And yet, knowing what I know from past experiences, this too might open up opportunities. Ones that I may not yet see or dream about but ones that will open up. Because it is these types of situations that make or break us.
And I choose to not break. I choose to push on.
Hopefully one day, I’ll see why.
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