Life Evolves…Never Give Up!
A recent graduate had some amazing realizations about one’s journey through life. Now that she has become drug-free, she wanted to share her thoughts, hoping to inspire anyone struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction:
“One of the scariest things in life is that life is constantly evolving. Evolving means:
’to produce or change by evolution.’
When you’re a kid everyone loves it! You can’t wait to get older and go to the movies by yourself. Or be old enough to get your first car and your first kiss. You can’t wait until you’re old enough to graduate and move out of the house and go to college. The change in your younger years is the coolest thing going.
Ah, there you are all grown up and then life hits you! And you realize life really has evolved and has gradually changed right before your eyes and you don’t know where to go with life. Your unfolding life process has gone from simple to a complex form. All those friends have gone their own way and are successful in life; you don’t get into school and are working a dead end job, hardly making ends meet.
That’s just a little bit of the short comings in life that start those awful feelings of losing power and strength. You begin to feel superficial impatience or the constant annoyance of anger toward others for your short comings. Oh, but life doesn’t stop there! Your spouse cheats on you, someone you love deeply dies and maybe your family turns their backs on you. So not you’re not only feeling life a failure but you also feel heartache. Your chest hurts so bad that you don’t know if you can breathe. You have no one.
Evolving isn’t such a cool thing now huh?
It sucks! Failure after failure, turmoil after turmoil. You now have achieved a low in your life you never dreamed for yourself. Some people face obstacles in life and like magic they have it all figured out.
Well good for you!
Some, like myself, become so hard on themselves about things in our lives that we self-destruct even more. I did drugs to compensate for the fact that I didn’t want to be an ’adult’ and fix things. I was ashamed of my failure. It literally felt there was no way to fix anything. I was so discouraged and overwhelmed with life that I fought EVERYTHING! I began feeling unworthy and anytime something good came my way it was too good to be true.
Life is always evolving.
When you look up evolving in a dictionary it reads:
’to set free or give off, to develop gradually by a process of growth.’
No matter what happens in life, you have to realize that nothing happens overnight. It takes hard work, a couple of failures, but it’s a process, a process of growth. As long as you’re breathing, you haven’t failed and no failure is too big to fix.
It may be a process but gradually you will grow.
When you embrace life and its changes you will feel free. People will help you if you let them. All those ’less than’ feelings you get from the panic of what you haven’t done or think you can’t do will diminish. It’s okay to take it minute by minute or hour by hour or day by day, because when you truly and gradually grow in life, you then realize you are entitled to your own pursuit of happiness. You realize how amazing and deserving you are and never will you settle for anything less, because you know how amazing you are.”