The Struggle

12 Jul

“It’s not the triumph but the struggle that defines true character.” 

I really wish I could take the credit for this saying, unfortunately I can’t. It is a line from a commercial I just heard for the summer Olympics. However, how powerful and true it is.

For most of my life I have struggled at sports. I always tried really hard but at the end of the day, I was always the girl chosen last to be on anyone’s team. This was especially hard because I grew up with a sister who could play any sport and without much effort, was always the best. One summer, I was determined to join the swim team with her and show my parents that I could be good at a sport too. If you saw me as a teenager, you would know that the thought of me in a blue speedo, goggles and in the water, was a sight for COMICAL eyes. Of all sports for me to try, swimming should NOT have been one, but for an entire summer I did it. Every time I got into the water, I knew it was going to be a huge struggle for me, mainly to stay alive, but as tough as it was, I still tried. Unlike my sister, I was never chosen to swim in any meets or be on anyones team but at the end of that summer, I got a trophy for participating and you had better believe that I had that trophy in my bedroom until the day I moved out.

For me, there is great value in that little “life lesson” because life is full of struggles. Some struggles are bigger and harder than others but it is during those times that we tend to grow the most. We learn the importance of not giving up and pressing through the pain. The reason that trophy meant so much to me was because I really had to earn it. I had to do something that was not easy for me but I kept pressing forward no matter how many times I wanted to stop.

Struggles can be an amazing blessing in our lives if we allow them to be. No one said it was going to be easy, but they did say it was worth it.

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